Find resources and research on the characteristics of parents or caregivers who neglect their children.
Chronic Families, Chronic Neglect (PDF - 269 KB)
Gilmore & Kaplan (2009)
Shares research findings on the chronic neglect of children and reviews characteristics of families of children who are neglected.
Cognitive Processes Associated With Child Neglect
Hildyard & Wolfe
Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, 31(8), 2007
Presents the results of a study indicating that neglectful mothers show significant problems processing information concerning their child's emotions and behaviors, which may affect their childrearing behavior.
Empathy and Child Neglect: A Theoretical Model
De Paul & Guibert
Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, 32(11), 2008
Examines the different reasons parents might not experience emotions that motivate helping behaviors toward their children.
Factors Related to Chronic Neglect in Families (PDF - 118 KB)
Éthier, Bourassa, Klapper, Lajoie, Gough, & Léveillé (2007)
Presents the partial results of a study in Quebec, Canada, that examined the characteristics of parents in families that had been investigated for chronic child neglect.
Family Needs in Child Neglect Cases: A Cluster Analysis
Chambers & Potter
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 90(1), 2009
Discusses research classifying three subgroups of families with substantiated child neglect cases: Those with low needs, history of substance abuse, and an intersection of economic/domestic violence/mental health factors.
Hard Times Made Harder: Struggling Caregivers and Child Neglect (PDF - 462 KB)
Analyzes the effect of substance abuse and mental health problems on neglected children and the risk for out-of-home placement. The issue brief also discusses a multifaceted approach to services to prevent neglect and out-of-home placement.
The Nature of Parental Supervisory Neglect
Child Welfare, 87(4), 2008
Describes the characteristics associated with four different types of supervision problems, such as leaving a child alone and leaving a child with an inadequate caregiver.
The Neglect of Children
Crosson-Tower (8th ed.) (2009)
In Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect
Includes a discussion of the motivations and characteristics of neglectful parents.
The Potential for Child Neglect: The Case of Adolescent Mothers and Their Children
Lounds, Borkowski, & Whitman
Child Maltreatment, 11(3), 2006
Identifies factors associated with child neglect, such as histories of maternal neglect and the quality of mother-child interactions during early childhood. Mothers with high neglect potential had children who exhibited more externalizing problems and fewer adaptive behaviors.
Social Capital, Family Violence, and Neglect
Zolotor & Runyan
Pediatrics, 117(6), 2006
Presents findings that demonstrate increasing social capital decreases the odds of neglectful parenting, psychologically harsh parenting, and domestic violence. Social capital includes collective efficacy, psychological sense of community, neighborhood cohesion, and parental investment in the child.
Who Are These Parents Involved in Child Neglect? A Differential Analysis by Parent Gender and Family Structure
Dufour, Lavergne, Larrivee, & Trocme
Children and Youth Services Review, 30(2), 2008
Compares sociodemographic characteristics and personal problems of mothers to those of fathers in 1,266 neglecting families in Canada.