Barnardos. (2009). Children Experiencing Neglect. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/683
The consequences of abuse on a child can be long lasting and varied depending on the severity, the frequency of the abuse, the age of onset and the relationship between victim and abuser. It can affect every aspect of a child’s development – psychologically, physically, educationally and socially.
Neglect arises from unresponsive parenting, emotional unavailability of parents and / or inconsistent care. This can result in children developing insecure attachments, having low self esteem, and impaired social competence. Developmental delay, particularly language development, is common due to lack of trust in their environment. It is stated children who experience neglect fare worse than those who have been physically abused. The longer term effects can include depression, fear, delinquency, lower educational attainment and can impact on children’s ability to form satisfying long term relationships of their own.
Early depriving experiences can set up a cycle of events that can reinforce the ill effects of those early events. It is the quality of relationships within the family that is the main determinant of how successfully a child will overcome incidences and experiences of abuse and neglect.
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