The definition of neglect and its consequences on children's development
Neglect is the failure to provide for a child's basic needs, including their physical, emotional, and educational needs.
Neglect can take many forms, including physical neglect (e.g., failing to provide adequate food, clothing, or shelter), emotional neglect (e.g., failing to provide emotional support or failing to meet a child's emotional needs), and medical neglect (e.g., failing to provide necessary medical or dental care).
Neglect can have serious and long-lasting consequences on a child's development.
Children who experience neglect may have delays in physical, cognitive, and emotional development, and may have difficulty forming attachments and building trusting relationships with others.
They may also be at increased risk for mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Children who experience neglect may also be at increased risk for substance abuse, criminal behavior, and other negative outcomes in adulthood.