Childhood Physical Neglect

Childhood Physical Neglect

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  • The Victim
  • Maltreatment: Childhood Neglect
  • I'm hungry... I'm cold...
  • Short Term Impacts
  • Year 1
  • Coen is a 4 year old boy, of Aboriginal descent.  He is raised by a single Mother, who has a substance abuse problem. Coen lives in an extremely poor neighbourhood, with a high levels of crime, and a disproportionate number of single parent dwellings (1). 
  • Long Term Impacts
  • *#@%...
  • Coen's Mother has a part-time job and receives Centrelink payments. While low, the family income is adequate to provide for the family. Coen's Mother uses this income to support her substance abuse problem. As a result, Coen is often left without food, or suitable clothing. In addition, Coen's Muother offers no emotional warmth, comfort, or support. (2)
  • Offending Behaviour
  • As Coen enters lower education, he struggles academically, and displays depressive symptoms, including poor self esteem. Socially, Coen is easily led, often resulting in poor choices. Coen has a tendency to react physically, and without thinking, in times of conflict. (3; 4)
  • References
  • 1. Mulder,T. M., Kuiper, K. C., van der Put, Claudia E, Stams, G. J. M., & Assink, M.(2018). Risk factors for child neglect: A meta-analytic review. Child Abuse & Neglect, 77, 198-210. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.01.006 2. Stoltenborgh, M.,Bakermans-kranenburg, M., & van IJzendoorn, M.,H. (2013). The neglect of child neglect: A meta-analytic review of the prevalence of neglect. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 48(3), 345-55. doi: 3.Crozier,J. C., & Barth, R. P. (2005). Cognitive and academic functioning in maltreated children. Children & Schools, 27(4), 197-206.doi:10.1093/cs/27.4.197 4. Kotch, J. B., Lewis, T., Hussey, J. M., English, D., Thompson,R., Litrownik, A. J., & Runyan, D. K. (2008). Importance of early neglect for childhood aggression. Child: Care, Health and Development, 34(5), 699-700.doi:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2008.00879_7.x 5. Norman,R. E., Byambaa, M., De, R., Butchart, A., Scott, J., & Vos, T. (2012). The long-term health consequences of child physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS Medicine, 9(11),e1001349. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001349 6. Cellini, H. R. (2004). Child abuse, neglect, and delinquency: The neurological link. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 55(4), 1-14.doi:10.1111/j.1755-6988.2004.tb00169.x 7. Widom, C. S. (2017). Long-term impact of childhood abuse and neglect on crime and violence. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 24(2), 186-202. doi:10.1111/cpsp.12194
  • Coen's academic struggles continue throughout adolescence. At 12, he begins experimenting with alcohol, later developing a substance abuse problem. Coen struggles to adapt socially. He is increasingly impulsive, with risky sexual behaviour, and violent tendencies. Coen lives with depression, and has made several suicide attempts (5; 6).
  • Coen enters the Juvenile Justice System at 14, for the theft of alcohol from a liquor store. This is followed by multiple minor crimes throughout adolescence. Coen's criminal behaviour continues to escalate, and at 24, he is charged with Aggravated Assault, Occasioning Bodily Harm, following a violent pub fight while intoxicated. Coen is currently serving 6 years in prison. (7)
  • Janelle Weir Student Number: 32669022
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