Neglect of Children: A Study of Thirty-One Cases Reported to the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Between June 2, 1963 and September 3, 1963, Alleging That a Child Was Neglected by the Parent or Custodian, and Where Investigation Disclosed That Some Element of Neglect Was Present
Background of the Study. The neglected child is of great concern today to the agencies which attempt to serve him. This concern, however, is similarly reflected by a great multitude of social agencies, since awareness of this problem is spreading throughout the social work profession. Public and private agencies both are expressing increasing concern over this problem. This interest is manifesting itself in a re-evaluation of policies and procedures designed to better, and more effectively, serve the neglected child. We are constantly increasing the scope of our knowledge in matters pertaining to this child. The extent of our knowledge is still extremely limited. Much has yet to be learned about this condition in which parents do not provide satisfactory care for their children. Much can be done by the agencies to improve their programs, so that treatment of these neglecting parents can be more meaningful and more effective. Preventive casework, aimed at resolution of early-appearing family difficulties, offers substantial promise. Since little is still known about neglect, there is need for more study, and more research, to increase our understanding of neglect, and the families in which neglect is found. This study represents a beginning effort to more closely examine those families who: neglect their children. Legislation is now being enacted to protect the neglected child. Illustrative of this legislation is the interest in the "battered child", and the steps being taken to protect this child.
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Kolchin, Edward, "Neglect of Children: A Study of Thirty-One Cases Reported to the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Between June 2, 1963 and September 3, 1963, Alleging That a Child Was Neglected by the Parent or Custodian, and Where Investigation Disclosed That Some Element of Neglect Was Present" (1964). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30725001.