The psychobiological consequences of emotional neglect

María Dolores Braquehais, María Dolores Picouto, Miquel Casas

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Abstract

Emotional neglect (EN) can be understood as a failure to give children an emotional environment that allows adequate psychological and physical development. EN is known to affect psychobiological states via a complex matrix of behavioral, emotional, and cognitive factors. It also elevates the risk of psychiatric and medical diseases in the future. There is a growing evidence of its short-term and long lasting effects in the developing brain of children and adolescents. However, psychobiological variations observed in individuals exposed to EN may be explained through complex interactions between genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors. In this review, the authors comprehensively outline the topics currently involved in the psychobiological research of EN. Results of recent neurobiological studies of subjects that have been exposed to EN are reviewed and provide a basis for a better comprehension of the putative immediate and enduring psychobiological consequences of EN. © 2012 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychology of Neglect
Pages123-138
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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    Braquehais, M. D., Picouto, M. D., & Casas, M. (2012). The psychobiological consequences of emotional neglect. In Psychology of Neglect (pp. 123-138)