Child neglect and emotional maltreatment
- Erin E Endom, MD
Erin E Endom, MD
- Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Section Editors
- Daniel M Lindberg, MD
Daniel M Lindberg, MD
- Section Editor — Pediatric Psychosocial Emergencies
- Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
- University of Colorado Kempe Center
- Teresa K Duryea, MD
Teresa K Duryea, MD
- Section Editor — General Pediatrics
- Associate Professor of Pediatrics
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Deputy Editor
- James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH
- Senior Deputy Editor — UpToDate
- Deputy Editor — Adult and Pediatric Emergency Medicine
- Deputy Editor — Primary Care Sports Medicine (Adolescents and Adults)
- Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine/Traumatology
- University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Child maltreatment is intentional harm or threat of harm to a child by a person who is acting in the role of caretaker . Four categories of child maltreatment are commonly described: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and child neglect. Child neglect and emotional abuse will be reviewed here. Physical abuse and sexual abuse are discussed separately. (See appropriate topic reviews).
Child neglect is the most prevalent form of child abuse, accounting for more than one-half of cases reported to child protection services [2-5]. Child neglect is defined by the National Center of Child Abuse and Neglect as failure to provide for a child's basic physical, emotional, educational, or medical needs [2,6]. Specific types of neglect are defined as follows:
●Physical neglect – Failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, hygiene, protection; inadequate supervision with risk of harm to the child.
●Emotional neglect – Failure to provide love, affection, security, and emotional support; failure to provide psychological care when needed; spouse abuse in presence of the child. (See "Intimate partner violence: Childhood exposure".)
●Educational neglect – Failure to enroll the child in school or ensure school attendance or home schooling; failure to address specific educational needs.To continue reading this article, you must log in with your personal, hospital, or group practice subscription. For more information on subscription options, click below on the option that best describes you:
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- CHILD NEGLECT
- - Physical neglect
- - Emotional neglect
- - Educational neglect
- - Medical neglect
- - Hospitalization
- - Medical neglect
- - Prevention
- Mandated reporting
- - Recommendations
- EMOTIONAL MALTREATMENT
- - Categories
- - Risk factors
- Clinical features
- - Substantiation
- - Sequelae
- - Reporting
- SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
- Child neglect
- Emotional maltreatment