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  • Tyler Elizabeth Hernandez
  • Jennifer Davidtz
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Differing forms of childhood maltreatment often co-occur (Allin, Wathen, & MacMillan, 2005; Glaser, 2000; Ney, Fung, & Wickett, 1994). However, when considering childhood physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and neglect, the latter has been identified as the type of childhood maltreatment with the greatest prevalence rate in several countries (Allin et al., 2005; Grassi-Oliveira & Stein, 2008; Hobbs & Wynne, 2002; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2013). For instance, 78.3% of identified children who were subjects of child protective services reports in the United States were victims of neglect when compared to other maltreatment types (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2013). Similarly, in one incidence report in Canada, neglect was the cause for child protective services reports in 40% of identified children (Allin et al., 2005). Neglect has also been suggested as a precursor to subsequent abuse (Gold, 2000; Ney et al., 1994). Regardless, despite the high frequency of its occurrence as compared with alternative forms of childhood maltreatment, there is a dearth of literature examining childhood neglect and its independent sequelae (De Bellis, 2005).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicole A. Sciarrino
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tyler Elizabeth Hernandez
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jennifer Davidtz
    • 2
  1. 1.James A. Haley Veterans’ HospitalTampaUSA
  2. 2.Nova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA
  3. 3.Henderson Behavioral HealthHollywoodUSA

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