Child Neglect

Child neglect is a form of abuse,[1] an egregious behavior of caregivers (e.g., parents) that results in a deprivation of child of their basic needs, including the failure to provide adequate supervision, health care, clothing, or housing, as well as other physical, emotional, social, educational, and safety needs.[2] All societies have established that there are necessary behaviors a caregiver must provide in order for a child to develop physically, socially, and emotionally. Causes of neglect may result from several parenting problems including mental disorders, unplanned pregnancy, substance abuse, unemployment, overemployment, domestic violence, and, in special cases, poverty.


Cluster Number:
Wiki Number: W041
Diagnosis: Child Neglect
US Patients: 3.3 Mil
World Patients:
Sex Ratio:
Age Onset:
Brain Area: changes in gray and white matter and accelerated aging.
Symptoms: Failure to provide adequate supervision, healthcare, clothing, housing, food, or other needs
Progression: attachment difficulties; failure to thrive. Neglected children also 4X more likely to be physically abused, too.
Causes: These are besides poverty. Parental immaturity, mental illness, parent’s own poor upbringing, unmarried fathers
Medications: None listed.
Therapies: Video training for parents has several options and may be helpful, but help was not verified.


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  • Effectiveness of Sexual Abuse Prevention Training Program Developed by Creative Drama for Preschoolers: An Experimental Study
    by Duygu Kemer on October 26, 2021

    The purpose of the study is to determine the effectiveness of the "My Body is Special" Training Program (MBS-TP), which was developed using the creative drama method to gain information about body recognition and body safety in preventing sexual abuse in children. This is an experimental study conducted with a control group using a pretest/posttest design. This study was carried out in two preschools in Turkey, involving 87 children in the 5-6 age group. MBS-TP was applied to children in the...

  • Exploring Sexual Grooming in Female Perpetrated Child Sexual Abuse
    by Leah E Kaylor on October 26, 2021

    According to official statistics, two percent of those who commit sex crimes are women, most of which involve child victims. However, victimization surveys suggest the true rate of female-perpetrated child sexual abuse is significantly higher than official statistics, and that it is under-detected and under-reported. Compared to men, relatively little is known about the behaviors and tactics that females employ to perpetrate child sexual abuse. While as many as half of male-perpetrated child...

  • Social, demographic and health characteristics of men fathering children at different ages
    by Nina Kornerup on October 26, 2021

    The aim of this study was to examine associations between selected sociodemographic, socioeconomic, and health characteristics and the rates of fatherhood in different age groups. We investigated rates between 2011 and 2015 in a population-based register study including all men born from 1945 to 1995 residing in Denmark in 2011. The study population consisted of 1,867,108 men who fathered 268,612 children during the follow-up. The associations were quantified as incidence rate ratios using...

  • Neurobeachin, a promising target for use in the treatment of alcohol use disorder
    by Verginia C Cuzon Carlson on October 26, 2021

    Hazardous, heavy drinking increases risk for developing alcohol use disorder (AUD), which affects ~7% of adult Americans. Thus, understanding the molecular mechanisms promoting risk for heavy drinking is essential to developing more effective AUD pharmacotherapies than those currently approved by the FDA. Using genome-wide bisulfate sequencing, we identified DNA methylation (DNAm) signals within the nucleus accumbens core (NAcC) that differentiate nonheavy and heavy ethanol-drinking rhesus...