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How neglect is identified and addressed

The most common use of the term “emotional harm” is as one possible outcome of any form of maltreatment including neglect. The evidence for the emotionally harmful effects of neglect is covered elsewhere (see p37 onwards).

Emotional abuse is generally seen as a distinct form of maltreatment with its own literature. However, there is overlap between many forms of child maltreatment and this is especially true of neglect. The official definition of emotional abuse implies long-standing neglect of a child’s emotional and psychological needs:

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Child neglect and emotional abuse

Neglect and emotional abuse can cause a child a lot of harm. It is often hard to see or prove this kind of abuse, so other people are less likely to help the child. When a child is being physically or sexually abused, emotional abuse is also often happening to the child.


These are examples of emotional abuse:

  • Not providing the child with a safe environment. The child witnesses violence or severe abuse between parents or adults.
  • Threatening the child with violence or abandonment.
  • Constantly criticizing or blaming the child for problems.
  • The child’s parent or caregiver does not show concern for the child, and refuses help from others for the child.

These are signs that a child that may be emotionally abused. They may have:

  • Problems in school
  • Eating disorders, leading to weight loss or poor weight gain
  • Emotional issues such as low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety
  • Extreme behavior such as acting out, trying hard to please, aggressiveness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Vague physical complaints


These are examples of child neglect:

  • Rejecting the child and not giving the child any love
  • Not feeding the child
  • Not dressing the child in proper clothing
  • Not giving needed medical or dental care
  • Leaving a child alone for a long time. This is called abandonment.

These are signs that a child that may be neglected. The child may:

  • Not go to school regularly
  • Smell badly and be dirty
  • Tells you that there is no one at home to take care of them.
  • The adult in their life does not seem to care about the child, is depressed, shows bizarre behavior, or uses alcohol or drugs


If you think a child is in immediate danger because of abuse or neglect, call 911.

Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD).

Know that children and parents can get help. The long-term outcome depends on:

  • How severe the abuse was
  • How long the child was abused
  • The success of therapy and parenting classes