Damaged Parents: An Anatomy of Child Neglect

Paperback | August 15, 1983

byNorman A. Polansky

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"Most of us are unaware of child neglect even when we are witnessing it. . . . Neglect is a matter of things undone, of inaction compounded by indifference. Since it goes on at home, it is a very private sin. . . . It is little wonder that most of the public is unaware of poor child caring. Its ignorance is even greater as to how widespread the problem is. But this is not a blissful ignorance. The public may not want to attend to child neglect, but it lives with the distortions of human personality that are left in its wake."—from chapter 1 of Damaged Parents

"Norman Polansky and his colleagues have produced a truly remarkable book. . . . One of the consequences of [the] relative invisibility of child neglect is that we also know less about it. But this book will help to correct that for it contains reports of findings from two systematic efforts to define, measure, classify, and understand child neglect."—Thomas M. Young, Social Service Review

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This book contains the distillation of fifteen years of the study of child neglect. It seeks to answer a series of interlocking questions: What does neglect typically look like? How widespread a phenomenon is it? What sequelae does it leave on the personalities of the children? How costly are these sequelae for the rest of society? Who...

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"Most of us are unaware of child neglect even when we are witnessing it. . . . Neglect is a matter of things undone, of inaction compounded by indifference. Since it goes on at home, it is a very private sin. . . . It is little wonder that most of the public is unaware of poor child caring. Its ignorance is even greater as to how wides...

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This book contains the distillation of fifteen years of the study of child neglect. It seeks to answer a series of interlocking questions: What does neglect typically look like? How widespread a phenomenon is it? What sequelae does it leave on the personalities of the children? How costly are these sequelae for the rest of society? Who...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:279 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.8 inPublished:August 15, 1983Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226672220

ISBN - 13:9780226672229

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Is This Child Worth Salvaging?
2. How Much Is Enough?
3. What about the Parents?
4. The Apathy-futility Syndrome and Infantilism
5. The Design of the Philadelphia Study
6. Assessing the Quality of Child Care
7. Isolation from Helping Networks
8. Character Problems of the Parents
9. Sequelae in Neglected Children
10. Observations of Marital Patterns
11. The Stunting of Parenting Instincts
12. A Rationale for Intervention
13. Toward Intentional Change
14. Treating Loneliness
15. Parental Prostheses
16. Where Do We Go from Here?
Appendix 1: Childhood Level of Living Scale
Appendix 2: Maternal Characteristics Scale
References
Subject Index
Index of Names

From Our Editors

This book contains the distillation of fifteen years of the study of child neglect. It seeks to answer a series of interlocking questions: What does neglect typically look like? How widespread a phenomenon is it? What sequelae does it leave on the personalities of the children? How costly are these sequelae for the rest of society? Who are the neglectful parents, and what forces in their lives have damaged their parenting? From what we now know about them, what principles may we infer about the tactics for their treatment, person by person and family by family? And where do we stand with respect to strategies for our large-scale programs?