Statistics on Neglect
Neglect is the most common form of child maltreatment. The following resources address statistics on child neglect and the issue of chronic neglect, including State and local examples.
Table 3-8: Maltreatment Types of Victims, 2012 (PDF - 4,372 KB)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau (2013)
In Child Maltreatment 2012
Presents the number and percent of reported maltreatment types of victims, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological maltreatment, and medical neglect.
Barnett & Miller-Perrin (2nd ed.) (2005)
In Family Violence Across the Lifespan: An Introduction
Presents an overview of the prevalence, causes, and treatment.
Definition and Scope of Neglect
Children's Bureau (HHS) User Manual Series (2006)
In Child Neglect: A Guide for Prevention, Assessment and Intervention
Explains the scope of neglect, including chronic neglect and recurrence of neglect.
New Clues About Neglect in Early Life (PDF - 217 KB)
ABA Child Law Practice, 27(3), 2008
Summarizes studies that found 1 in 43 infants are victims of neglect and that neglect predicts aggressive behavior later in life.
Shining Light on Chronic Neglect (PDF - 101 KB)
Kaplan, Schene, DePanfilis, & Gilmore
Protecting Children, 24(1), 2009
Discusses the prevalence and recurrence of neglect, as well as definitions, risk factors, effective intervention, and more.
Children Caring for Themselves and Child Neglect: When Do They Overlap? (PDF - 100 KB)
Zielewski, Malm, & Geen (2006)
Provides results, including prevalence information, from a study on the response of child welfare agencies to reports of self-care in the greater Washington, DC, Metro area.
Children's Justice Act Task Force Child Neglect Study: Final Report and Strategic Plan (PDF - 788 KB)
Kaufmann, Morgaine, & Nelson (2005)
Analyzes results from an Oregon study that consisted of five components: a statewide assessment, review of national literature and practices, synthesis of State and national findings, development of a strategic plan, and the web-based publication of all results and products.
Chronic Child Neglect: Needed Developments in Theory and Practice (PDF - 952 KB)
Wilson & Horner
Families in Society, 86(4), 2005
Discusses reports of neglect in Washington State as well as recurrence and chronic neglect.
Measuring the Risk of Physical Neglect in a Population-Based Sample
Theodore, Runyan, & Chang
Child Maltreatment, 12(1), 2007
Reports on the estimates of children at risk for different types of physical neglect in North and South Carolina.
The Number of Illegally Abandoned and Legally Surrendered Newborns in the State of Texas, Estimated From News Stories, 1996-2006
Child Maltreatment, 13(1), 2008
Provides information on the prevalence of abandoned infants in Texas.
Safely Surrendered and Abandoned Infants in Los Angeles County, 2002-2008 (PDF - 1320 KB)
Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (2009)
Reports on the number of infants abandoned under the Safely Surrendered Baby Law in Los Angeles County.
Understanding the Many Faces of Child Neglect: A Review of Denial of Critical Care Cases in Iowa, 2005 (PDF - 49 KB)
Prevent Child Abuse Iowa (2008)
Analyzes child neglect cases in Iowa in 2005 and presents data on victim and perpetrator characteristics, prior child welfare involvement, type of neglect, and more.
What Nebraska's Experience Reveals About Child Welfare and Mental Health
Discusses the number of children relinquished under Nebraska's safe haven law and links this to the lack of mental health services available to parents and their children and youth.