Child Neglect

Child Neglect

By: Christina Mesa

Child Neglect occurs when a parent, guardian, or caregiver intentionally or irresponsibly does not provide for the basic needs of a child.  Neglect is a different form of child abuse as the former is the lack of action while the latter is a form of action.  Signs of neglect in a  child include frequent absences from school, stealing food, untreated illnesses and physical injuries, ill-fitting clothes, or the child is unsupervised often.  Child neglect is hard to detect oftentimes, especially once the child has reached their teenage years.

There are several different types of child neglect:

  • Physical neglect is the failure to provide food, shelter, or appropriate supervision
  • Medical neglect is the failure to provide proper medical or mental health treatment
  • Education neglect occurs when one fails to provide the proper education or special education treatment for a child
  • Emotional neglect is the failure to provide psychological care or inattention to a child’s emotional needs
  • Abandonment is a type of neglect in which the identity or location of the parent or guardian is unknown, or the child has been left alone in serious circumstances where they suffer harms, or the parent has failed to maintain contact with the child over a specific period of time

If a loved one or a child you known appears to be suffering from neglect, the licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychotherapists at Arista Counseling and Psychotherapy can assist you.  Contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices respectively at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment.  For more information, visit

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