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
Risk factors for children
The risk of abuse and
neglect increases when a child has a disability or other health issue, such
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.
Another risk factor for children is not having a close bond with parents. Not having a close bond may be caused by:
Parents not wanting the child.
The birth of twins or
A long hospitalization of the newborn and separation
from parents because of premature birth or health
Challenges related to fostering or adopting a
Mental health problems in a caregiver. For example, a parent
who is severely depressed may unintentionally neglect his or her
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