How Childhood Emotional Neglect Contributes to Later Development of Social Anxiety

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Not all children are fortunate enough to have the luxury of a loving, and emotional supportive household. Emotional neglect, typically defined by the characteristics of ignorance on the parents’ part, include, and are not limited to: withholding love and affection, ignoring the need for comfort and attention, and showing rejection of the child (Child Welfare Information Gateway). Such actions pertaining to emotional neglect can result in very significant and negative effects later on in the child’s life, particularly implicating the development of social anxiety. Children who have experienced emotional neglect may or may not have also experienced some sort of physical neglect, as well as emotional and physical abuse. While these different subjects have been known to be correlated, emotional neglect can stand alone. Several observations made by researchers Wright, M. O.’., Crawford, E., & Del Castillo, D. (2009) pertaining to the link between childhood emotional neglect and adulthood social anxiety has shown that with emotional neglect, the child tends to internalize feelings of shame at a young age, leading to the inhibition of self-discovery throughout puberty and young adulthood, and subsequently create low self-confidence (Colvert, E., Rutter, M., Beckett, C., Castle, J., Groothues, C., Hawkins, A., et al. (2008)). Researchers Tyler Chapple, and Bersani, (2005) observed that emotional neglect also enhances externalized behavior in children, particularly through violence and distance amongst their peers. This paper will specifically look into the psychological processes of developing social anxiety given the factor of prevalent emotional neglect during the years of childhood.
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