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Child Neglect 1

Child Neglect
Sahar Taki
American University of Culture and Education

Eng 260

Child Neglect 2


Study results found evidence that the apparent negative effects of maltreatment on children’s tendency to engage in crime were real. Being maltreated was found to almost double the probability of engaging in many types of crime and the effects were worst for children. Sexual abuse appeared to have the largest effects on crime. This paper focuses on the effect of child maltreatment and neglect. The study examined the effects of different types of abuse and the effect of child neglect.

For many decades, the act of child abuse has been a major problem in or society.
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Children who have been neglected are prone to internalizing problems such as low self-esteem, depression, social withdrawal, apathy, and helplessness. They are often delayed in their cognitive and language development and have poor communication skills. They have difficulty with interpersonal relationships. In the longer-term neglected children lack the ability to participate fully in society as adults.
An estimated half of the maltreatment fatalities are attributable to childhood neglect. Childhood maltreatment accidents are most often the result of a single life-threatening incident. This makes their prediction, and therefore prevention, extremely difficult.

During the course of this literature search it became apparent that ‘child abuse and neglect’ have become fused into a single entity, as if describing one phenomenon. In fact most research focuses on abuse. As a result it has become commonplace in child protection research to refer to the ‘neglect of neglect’. A search of Psyc INFO published in the five years to December 2004 revealed 3888 entries for child abuse but only 57 that concentrated specifically on neglect.

If neglect were defined in terms of harm to the child, there is no longer the need for the subjective interpretation of parental intention (Connell-Carrick, 2003). However, the same behavior and the same harm done to children may be judged differently depending on how the intentions of the parents are perceived.
Some parents are unable

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