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Child neglect and its relation to emotional and behavioral problems: A cross-sectional study of primary school-aged children in Tanzania

Child neglect and its relation to emotional and behavioral problems: A cross-sectional study of primary school-aged children in Tanzania

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HECKER, Tobias, Victoria S BOETTCHER, Markus A LANDOLT, Katharin HERMENAU, 2019. Child neglect and its relation to emotional and behavioral problems: A cross-sectional study of primary school-aged children in Tanzania. In: Development and psychopathology. 31(1), pp. 325-339. ISSN 0954-5794. eISSN 1469-2198. Available under: doi: 10.1017/S0954579417001882

@article{Hecker2019-02Child-45500, title={Child neglect and its relation to emotional and behavioral problems: A cross-sectional study of primary school-aged children in Tanzania}, year={2019}, doi={10.1017/S0954579417001882}, number={1}, volume={31}, issn={0954-5794}, journal={Development and psychopathology}, pages={325--339}, author={Hecker, Tobias and Boettcher, Victoria S and Landolt, Markus A and Hermenau, Katharin} }

Landolt, Markus A 2019-03-18T14:07:30Z eng terms-of-use 2019-03-18T14:07:30Z Hecker, Tobias 2019-02 Hermenau, Katharin Hermenau, Katharin Child neglect and its relation to emotional and behavioral problems: A cross-sectional study of primary school-aged children in Tanzania Child maltreatment is known to engender negative emotional and behavioral consequences. Although neglect is the most frequent form of maltreatment, it has thus far only received little attention, especially when looking at low-resource countries. The current study investigated possible associations between neglect and internalizing and externalizing problems. As neglect and abuse often co-occur, the latter was controlled for. In total, 409 Tanzanian primary school students (52% boys, M = 10.5 years, range = 6-15) participated in the cross-sectional study. Structured clinical interviews were conducted assessing maltreatment, internalizing problems, and externalizing problems. Overall, 31% (n = 128) of the children reported at least one type of physical neglect and 31% (n = 127) of emotional neglect. Using structural equation modeling, we found a significant association between neglect and internalizing (β = 0.59, p < .01) and externalizing problems (β = 0.35, p < .05). However, these associations could only be detected in younger children (ages 6-9), whereas in older children (ages 10-15), mental health problems were significantly related to violence and abuse. Our findings suggest that the current age may influence the association between maltreatment type and the development of internalizing and/or externalizing problems. Landolt, Markus A Hecker, Tobias Boettcher, Victoria S Boettcher, Victoria S

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