Have little knowledge about how children grow and what to expect from them.
Have a high stress level that is not managed well. This often includes being a single or teen parent or having several young children close in age.
Don't have good support. A parent or caregiver who doesn't have financial, emotional, and other types of support may have to deal with a variety of hardships alone.
Risk factors for children
The risk of abuse and neglect increases when a child has a disability or other health issue, such as:
Being a premature baby. Babies born early often add emotional and financial stress to a family because they need longer and more expensive hospital care. They may also need to be watched closely once they are home.
A physical disability, such as blindness or being confined to a wheelchair.
Mental health problems in a caregiver. For example, a parent who is severely depressed may unintentionally neglect his or her child.
A child with a major health problem or disability, such as blindness, deafness, or autism. These types of problems can make it hard for a parent to communicate with the child or for the child to give and receive affection.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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