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CORE-INFO: Emotional neglect and emotional abuse in pre-school children

This leaflet summarises what is currently known about children aged less than six years who have been emotionally neglected or emotionally abused. It considers the behaviour that can be observed in these children and in the interactions between them and their parents.

We would have liked to explore this subject in relation to both mothers and fathers but, unfortunately, there are insufficient scientific studies of emotional neglect and emotional abuse of pre-school children by fathers. The points here, therefore, relate to mother-child interactions.