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Vol. 2, No. 1
Winter 1997

Neglect: Searching for Interventions

Child neglect is a serious problem--nationally, neglect occurs 50 percent more frequently than abuse, according to the latest figures from the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Neglect can be just as deadly as abuse. While the American Humane Association found 44.3 percent of maltreatment fatalities involved neglect, others have found that more children die from neglect than from abuse (Brown, 1987).

In North Carolina, the percentage of children reported as neglected has remained at about 80 percent of all referrals for the last five years. Of these neglect referrals, about 90 percent have been substantiated (NCDSS, 1996).

This issue of Practice Notes looks at the factors that contribute to neglect and provides some insights into effective interventions for this problem.


American Humane Association. (1988). Highlights of official child abuse and neglect reporting: 1986. Denver, CO: Author.

Brown, L. (1987). Seeking a national consensus. Public Welfare, 45(1), 12-17.

National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. (1988). Study findings: Study of incidence and prevalence of child abuse and neglect: 1988. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Crack Cocaine and Neglect
Intervening with Addicted Parents
Drawing a Portrait of Chronic Neglect
Neglect and Cultural Sensitivity
Culture and Your Practice
In Pursuit of Permanence: North Carolina’s Families for Kids Counties (Buncombe, Catawba, and Wayne)
Benefits of "Action Meetings"
Fostering Perspectives
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