100810: Chronic Child Neglect: Needed Development in Theory and Practice

About the Course:

The purpose of this article is to stimulate reflection and discussion on a subject that has received surprisingly little coverage: chronic child neglect. The article selectively reviews the literature and offers fresh observations and critical reflections pertaining to both causation and intervention. Chronic child neglect must, it is argued, be understood in greater depth and complexity in order to develop more effective interventions. In particular, a better understanding of poverty and its correlates is needed and would support strategic interventions capable of infusing hope and bringing to the fore a social world in which hope can thrive. COURSE SYLLABUS I. Introduction II. Beyond the Prevalence Rates of Neglect in Child Welfare Systems III. Toward an Epidemiology of Chronic Neglect Causation IV. The Effect of Neglect on Child Development V. Substance Abuse in Chronic Neglect Cases: Intervention Issues VI. Some Fundamental Questions VII. Conclusions

Publication Date:

2005/ Vol. 86, No. 4


Dee Wilson, MSW; William Horner, DSW

About the Authors:

Director NW Institute for Children and Families University of Washington

Professor Eastern Washington University School of Social Work

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about child neglect. It is appropriate for participants with all levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. describe factors contributing to chronic child neglect.

  2. identify important considerations in redesigning effective interventions for chronic child neglect.

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