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Neglect is a passive form of abuse in which the perpetrator is responsible to provide care for a victim who is unable to care for oneself, but fails to provide adequate care to meet the victim's needs, thereby resulting in the victim's demise.

Neglect may include failing to provide sufficient supervision, nourishment, medical care or other needs for which the victim is helpless to provide for him/her/itself. The victim may be a child, physically or mentally disabled adult, animal, plant, or inanimate object.

Child Neglect

Neglect is the most common form of child maltreatment, accounting for 59% of substantiated cases of maltreatment in the United States.[1] Families that have a history of child neglect are characterized by chronic poverty and multiple other problems. [2] Neglect cases tend to be more likely to be chronic than are other forms of abuse; they are more likely to have a recpeat referral to child protective services than are cases of physical or sexual abuse.[3]

There is a growing consensus among experts that behavioral, skill-based parent training (BPT) should be a primary strategy for the prevention of neglect and physical abuse.[4][5][6] For example, the SafeCare program addresses proximal behaviors that can lead to child neglect and abuse [7] [8]

See also


  1. ^ U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Child Maltreatment 2007", Washington, DC., 2009.
  2. ^ Schumacher, J.A., Slep, A.M.S., & Heymann, R.E.: "Risk factors for child neglect." Agression and Violent Behavior, 6(2-3):231-254, 2001.
  3. ^ U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009.
  4. ^ Barth, R.P., Landsverk, J., Chamberlain, P., Reid, J.B., Rolls, J.A., Hurlburt, M.S., et al.: "Parent-Training Programs in Child Welfare Services: Planning for a More Evidence-Based Approach to Serving Biological Parents", Research on Social Work Practice, 15(5):353-371, 2005.
  5. ^ Dore, M.M., Lee, J.M.: "The Role of Parent Training with Abusive and Neglectful Parents", Family Relations, 48(3):313-325, 2007.
  6. ^ Whitaker, D.J., Lutzker, J.R., Shelley, G.A.: "Child Maltreatment Prevention Priorities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention", Child Maltreatment, 10(3):245-259, 2005.
  7. ^ Lutzker, J.R. & Bigelow K.M.: "Reducing Child Maltreatment: A Guidebook for Parent Services", New York, NY: Guilford Publications, 2002.
  8. ^ Whitaker, D.J., Crimmins, D., Edwards, A.E., & Lutzker, J.R.: "Safety training and violence prevention using the SafeCare parent training model", In W. O’Donohue & J. E. Fisher (Eds). Cognitive behavior therapy: Applying empirically supported techniques in your practice. pp 473- 477. New York: John Wiley, 2008.

Simple English

Neglect is a kind of abuse where a person harms another person by not giving them the things they need to live. For example, a parent or caregiver may neglect a child by not giving them enough food, clothing, hygiene, medical care, affection or education. Victims of neglect are those that need looking after, like children, physically or mentally disabled adults, elderly people, medical patients, animals or plants.

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