The parent is neither demanding nor responsive.
Neglectful parenting is also called uninvolved, detached, dismissive or hands-off.
The parents are low in warmth and control, are generally not involved in their child’s life, are disengaged, undemanding, low in responsiveness, and do not set limits. Parents are emotionally unsupportive of their children, but will still provide their basic needs.
Children whose parents are neglectful develop the sense that other aspects of their parent’s lives are more important than they are. Children often display contradictory behaviour, and are emotionally withdrawn from social situations. This disturbed attachment also impacts relationships later on in life. In Adolescence, they may show patterns of truancy and delinquency.
There is no single or definitive model of parenting. What may be right for one family or one child may not be suitable for another. With authoritarian and permissive (indulgent) parenting on opposite sides of the spectrum, most conventional and modern models of parenting fall somewhere in between. The model or style that parents employ depends partly on how they themselves were reared, what they consider good patenting, the child’s temperament, their current environmental situation, and whether they place more importance on their own needs or whether they are striving to further their child’s future success. Parents who place greater importance on the child’s physical security may be more authoritarian, while parents who are more concerned with intellectual development may push their children into a number of organised extra-curricular activities such as music and language lessons.
Research into the child behaviour outcomes associated with each type of parenting has traditionally shown a strong benefit to authoritative parenting. These children have been shown to have more self-discipline, emotional self-control, more friends and better school performance. However,...