Emotional Intelligence | Main Page on Emotional Neglect
Emotional Neglect, p2
Here is one article from the web on emotional neglect.
- Neglect also includes denying, stopping contact with, and cutting off emotional support from friends, including on-line friends. (See related article about teens and the Internet)
- The article says, ".... an emotionally neglectful parent will not seek professional help for one's daughter even though he or she knows one's daughter has been starving herself, attempted suicide, or is depressed. " We agree, but we would add, cutting and other forms of self-harm to this list. Also, some parents actually intentionally stop their son or daughter from receiving professional or any other kind of help. They may say things like, "You don't have any real problems", "These things should be handled in the family, not by outsiders."
- The author also writes: "emotionally neglectful parents may allow or even encourage their children to use maladaptive coping skills or to engage in substance abuse." It will not help a child or teen to simply forbid the undesired behavior. Instead, the unmet needs of the child/teen must be addressed.
Please send us your thoughts on additional ways parents emotionally neglect children and teens.
by Sierra Koester
When people hear the word
"neglect", they usually think of parents not
providing their children with the food, clothes, or a
safe environment to line in. However, there are other
ways in which parents can neglect their children.
Emotional neglect is as dangerous to a child's well-being
as physical neglect is to a child's health and safety.
Parents who might be emotionally neglecting their child:
When a child does not feel loved he or she may develop low self-esteem, which may lead to future unhealthy coping mechanisms such as eating disorders, self-harm, substance abuse, or delinquency. Emotionally neglected children also tend to exhibit poor academic performance, difficulty interacting with peers, and displays anger through verbally or physically attacking other people.