Child Neglect

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Child Neglect History Neglect is the most frequently reported form of child maltreatment Parenting practices throughout history record the presence of this problem Child neglect is seen as a sin of omission rather than commission It is more unintentional, but does not make it less detrimental Traditionally seen in the role of stepchild, but is prevalent throughout family
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Child Neglect Characteristics of Child Victims 51% of reported child neglect victims were under the age of 5 years of age Of those, 34% of child victims were under one year of age Few differences appear between gender rates of child neglect High correlation between race and SES in the incidence of child neglect (e.g. minority families have a higher incidence due to lack of resources)
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Child Neglect Characteristics of Offenders Birth parents are the primary perpetrators of child neglect (91% of reported cases) Females are most often reported for neglect because of “mother” role Neglecting parents Unrealistic expectations of children Substance abuse issues Parents were likely neglected as children (they parent in ways that they were parented)
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Child Neglect Social Factors Children of single parents are more at risk for neglect Also related to the number of dependent children in the family (more children-more risk) Teen years and toddlers years put children most at risk Overall stress, family adaptability, family cohesion all play a role
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2010 for the course PSYC 386 taught by Professor Conner during the Spring '10 term at Roosevelt.

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