About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Chronic Neglect Can Lead To Poor Social Skills in Children, Says Study

by Shirley Johanna on April 22, 2015 at 10:05 PM
Font : A-A+

Chronic Neglect Can Lead To Poor Social Skills in Children, Says Study

Children who are chronically neglected by their parents are likely to have poor social skills, which in turn can make them aggressive in adolescence, says a new study.

While child neglect can include many different aspects, the study examined two: failure to provide for a child's basic needs and a lack of adequate supervision.


Failure to provide, which includes not meeting a child's basic needs for food, shelter and clothing, was the key aspect of neglect that linked to later aggression and delinquency.

The study also found that lack of adequate supervision did not link to the same outcomes, even after accounting for the contributions of other forms of maltreatment.

"When you have a neglected child whose basic needs are not being met, they are not getting the socialization that enables them to grow to be a happy adolescent and adult," said one of the researchers Patricia Logan-Greene from University at Buffalo in New York.

Failing to provide for children may result in poor hygiene or a tendency toward illness, making some of them unappealing to their peers, Logan-Greene said.

"These children are often rejected and lack the kind of social stimulation that would lead them to have positive, strong, social ties," she pointed out.

The researchers also found that boys are more likely to respond to chronic neglect with aggressive or delinquent behavior than girls.

For this study, the researchers considered neglect in terms of a continuum and examined effects of neglect across development using LONGSCAN, a comprehensive resource of maltreatment data, tracking not only neglect, but physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and exposure to violence.

Their findings and the presence of a social connection suggest possible prevention strategies that Logan-Greene says are obvious and simple. The researchers concluded that interventions could improve their social skills.

The study is forthcoming in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect.

Source: Medindia


Latest Child Health News

Practical Tips for Defending Against the H3N2 Virus!
Doctors have reported that children have been hit hard by the recent increase in flu cases, with the H3N2 virus being a significant contributing factor.
Breaking the Cycle: Impact of Childhood Trauma on Mental Health
Men and women are impacted uniquely by childhood trauma: emotional trauma and sexual abuse impact women, while emotional and physical neglect impact men.
How Can Parents Manage Night-Time Breastfeeding in Young Infants?
Bedsharing with infants is linked to increased duration of breastfeeding, according to the night-time feeding guidelines.
Why Are Autism Rates Increasing in the U.S?
To tackle the rising cases of autism among kids, steady screening programs may make a difference in autism diagnosis and treatment.
Autistic Kids Often Miss Out on Vision Screening: Here's Why
Children with autism tend to receive vision screening less often, despite having a high risk for eye problems.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Chronic Neglect Can Lead To Poor Social Skills in Children, Says Study Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests