This book has already proved itself as a course adoption leader in Childhood Studies. All of the strengths of the First Edition have been retained. The book is comprehensive and judged with the needs of students in mind. It is a model of clarity and precision and has been acknowledged as such in reviews and course feedback. The new edition thoroughly revises old entries and adds new ones. The book is the most accessible, relevant student introduction to this expanding, interdisciplinary field. It is an indispensable teaching text and an ideal prompt for researchers.



Neglect is indifference towards, or the failure to care for or attend to, a person, duty or task.

In the case of a child, neglect is the persistent failure to meet her/his basic physical and/or psychological needs, such that it will have a serious impact on her/his health or development and may even result in a child's death. It can include the failure to provide adequately for the child's basic needs, such as food, shelter or clothing, failure to protect her/him from physical harm or danger, failing to provide suitable medical care or treatment. It can also include the neglect of, or a failure to respond to, a child's emotional needs, cognitive neglect (the failure to recognise and therefore respond appropriately to the emotional needs ...

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