The Longitudinal Relationship Between Maltreatment And Parental Neglect

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The primary purpose for conducting this present study was to examine the longitudinal relationship between maltreatment and parental neglect with the prevalence of obesity in children, represented by a representative sample from Houston. The study concluded that both maltreatment and parental neglect are both significantly correlated with the increased nature of childhood BMI measurements over time. Specifically, children that are exposed to a certain type of maltreatment and/or neglect have a greater rate of risk of attaining an increased BMI compared to the normal BMI of children their age as stated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Finally, the study found that if a child has experienced both maltreatment and parental neglect in unison, they are only related to affect the BMI at baseline; however, there is no effect on the rate of growth in the BMI. Two previous studies concluded that there was a cross-sectional relationship between childhood obesity and maltreatment (Lissau & Sorensen, 1994; Whitaker et al., 2007). Also, there was a previous study that examined the relationship between neglect and maltreatment in a longitudinal study as well (Shin & Miller, 2012). In that study it was found that children who were mistreated have BMIs that grow at significantly faster rates than those of non-mistreated children. Parental neglect was also related to increase BMI at baseline when it co-occurred with childhood physical abuse, a result that
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