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What is emotional neglect in children?

Emotional neglect in children is when children do not get enough affection and attention to feel loved and supported. If a child shows signs of psychological illness, it must be treated. Examples of emotional neglect include:
  • ignoring a child’s need for attention, affection and emotional support
  • exposing a child to extreme or frequent violence, especially domestic violence
  • permitting a child to use drugs, use alcohol or engage in crime
  • keeping a child isolated from friends and loved ones

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