Child Neglect: The Precursor to Child Abuse
Using questionnaire and interview techniques, 167 children aged 11 to 18, and 213 adults were asked for information on their experiences of physical abuse, physical neglect, verbal abuse, emotional neglect, and sexual abuse. When neglect preceded abuse in children who experienced both, the negative impact on the child's outlook was magnified. Neglect increases a child's susceptibility and vulnerability to abuse. Our data indicates neglect has a greater impact than abuse on a child's selfperception and future outlook. Being mistreated as a child and being mistreated by a spouse correlate highly with a parent's tendency to mistreat, particularly with physical and emotional neglect.
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Philip G. Ney, MD, FRCP(C), FRANZCP, is a child and family psychiatrist, a Clinical Professor with the Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, and on staff at Jack Ledger House of The Arbutus Society for Children. He was previously a Professor of Psychiatry, University of Calgary, and at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Dr. Tak Fung, PhD, is a Bio-Statistician with the Academic Computing Services, University of Calgary. He has collaborated on a number of previous articles associated with child abuse and neglect. Mrs. Adele Wickett, BSN, has been Research Assistant associated with these projects for a number of years. Correspondence should be sent to Dr. Philip G. Ney, Box 24003, 4440 West Saanich Road, Victoria, B.C. V8Z 7E7 Canada.