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Parents' socioeconomic position, psychological problems, and emotional neglect in childhood
University of Gothenburg, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Gothenburg, Sweden.
University of Gothenburg, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro,Sweden.
University of Gothenburg, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Gothenburg, Sweden.
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2019 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 29, no Supplement_4, p. 365-366, article id ckz187.182Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite high prevalence and severe consequences for health and wellbeing, emotional neglect (EN) in childhood is a neglected topic in epidemiological research. To enable prevention of neglect knowledge is important about conditions related to EN such as parental individual characteristics and social/economic situation. Aim to investigate the relationship between parental socioeconomic position (SEP), psychological problems, and EN in childhood.The sample comprised Swedish women, N = 976, mean age 22. EN was assessed by five indicators: maternal/paternal rejection, maternal/paternal lack of time, and occurrence of domestic violence. The associations between parental SEP/psychological problems and EN were examined by logistic regressions.The odds of experiencing domestic violence in childhood was higher among women with parents with low (OR 3.1 95% CI 1.1-8.5) or medium SEP (OR 3.4 95% CI 1.7-6.9). Women who reported maternal psychological problems had higher odds of maternal rejection (OR 6.8 95% CI 3.5-13.0), maternal lack of time (OR 2.4 95% CI 1.2-5.0) and paternal rejection (OR 1.9 95% CI 1.1-3.5). Women who reported paternal psychological problems had higher odds of perceiving their father as rejecting (OR 4.0 95% CI 2.1-7.7), not having enough time for them (OR 4.9 95% CI 2.3-10.6), and experiencing domestic violence (OR 4.9 95% CI 2.1-11.6).Lower SES was not related to EN in form of parental rejection or lack of time but to the occurrence of domestic violence. Parental psychological problems were related to all indicators of EN but differently among mothers and fathers. Public health initiatives aiming at supporting parents should also embrace parental psychological wellbeing.Emotional neglect was clearly related to parental psychological problems but not parental socioeconomic status.Gendered structures need to be considered in studies of emotional neglect.

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2019. Vol. 29, no Supplement_4, p. 365-366, article id ckz187.182
Keywords [en]
domestic violenceemotionschildfathermental disordersmothersparentrejection (psychology)socioeconomic factorseconomicspublic health medicineneglectemotional neglect of childprevention
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Public health science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-14728DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckz187.182OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-14728DiVA, id: diva2:1372365
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12th European Public Health Conference 2019–01: Poster Walks
Available from: 2019-11-22 Created: 2019-11-22 Last updated: 2019-12-06Bibliographically approved

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