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Limitations of review findings

Although authors attempted to separate children experiencing “pure neglect” or “emotional abuse”, it is likely that many children were subjected to more than one form of abuse or neglect. Thus the features described may overlap with those found in both emotional abuse and other forms of abuse or neglect


Unfortunately the age bands selected for studying the EBD features in children did not precisely match the age bands in those studies focusing on parent-child interactions


Included studies predominantly addressed neglect, with relatively less research into emotional abuse of infants and toddlers


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