Intergenerational Transmission of Child Neglect.
Upbring White Paper.
Published: May 2016
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This report reviews research findings on the intergenerational transmission of child neglect. It begins by explaining neglect is the most common type of child maltreatment in the United States, almost four-fifths of child victims reported to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System have been neglected, and risk factors for child neglect. Research findings on the link between child neglect and adult health and mental health problems is discussed, as well as the impact of child neglect on child development, interpersonal relationships, cognitive functioning, and academic achievement. Strategies for interrupting intergenerational transmission of neglect are described and include: nurturing caregiving, supportive friendships, and intimate relationships, elimination of severe child poverty and homelessness, the adoption of trauma-informed practices by social institutions, screening of children’s mental health status and provision of evidenced based mental health practices and programs as early as possible, and commitment to empowerment practices of work with severely and chronically neglected children and their parents, and for communities that have had long histories of oppression. 12 references.
child neglect; prevention programs; early intervention programs; trauma informed practice; evidence based practice; children at risk; childhood trauma; generational cycle of child abuse; etiology; sequelae