Antecedents of child neglect in the first two years of life

Robert M. Brayden, William A. Altemeier, Dorothy D. Tucker, Mary S. Dietrich, Peter Vietze

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To determine the prenatal antecedents of child neglect by low-income women, data from a prospective study of child maltreatment were reviewed. Mothers determined to be at high risk prenatally for maltreatment were more likely to be identified as neglectful within 24 months of the interview. Neglectul mothers were less likely to have completed high school, had more children younger than 6 years of age, and had more aberrant responses on parenting skills and support systems scales. Neglected children were lower in birth weight, were rated more difficult temperamentally, and had poorer mental and motor developmental scores.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)426-429
Number of pages4
JournalThe Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1992


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