Child Abuse and Neglect (cont.)
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What Increases the Risk
Living in poverty or near poverty is a major risk factor for child maltreatment. People who live in poverty often do not have the resources to properly care for their children. Caregivers may have a high level of stress that makes it hard to deal with daily challenges. Also, some children have extreme physical or psychological needs, which can make parenting very stressful. Unemployment, single and inexperienced parents, mental illness in a caregiver, poor housing, and substance abuse are all risk factors.
Risk factors for parents and caregivers
Risk factors for children
The risk of abuse and neglect increases when a child has a disability or other health issue, such as:
An insecure bond between a parent and child is also a risk factor for abuse and neglect. The failure to establish a close bond may be the result of:
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