Essay about Child Neglect And Children 's Health

1291 Words Feb 23rd, 2016 6 Pages
Child neglect involves acts of omission, but there is no consensus as to whether the focus should be on the child’s unmet needs, the parents’ or guardians’ behavior, or actual/potential harm to children (Tang, 2008). White & Hoskins (2011) defined neglect as an act of omission that results in the failure to provide for a child’s basic needs, which in turn results in the harm of the child. In her definition of child neglect, Tang (2008) divides the child’s unmet basic needs into two categories – physical and/or psychological.
In the year 2014, there have been an estimated 702,000 victims of child maltreatment in the United States, 75.0% of which were victims of child neglect (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children 's Bureau, 2016). According to Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health (2014), there have been 8.7 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect per 1000 in the state of California. More specifically, of the 75,033 total victims of child maltreatment in California, 64,029 suffered from child neglect (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children 's Bureau, 2016). Of those, general neglect comprised of 66.1% and severe neglect comprised of 4.2% (Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, 2014).
One of the most well-documented cases of child neglect was that of a feral child by the name of “Genie.” Born in Arcadia, California in April 1957, Susan “Genie” Wiley had been kept socially isolated and confined in a dark bedroom for…

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