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Research implications

There is an urgent need to conduct studies relating to neglect / emotional abuse of children by fathers, and to include the role of fathers in evaluating maternal neglect / emotional abuse
Studies of neglect / emotional abuse in an international context outside North America would be of value as parenting practises differ widely across different cultures and are not currently represented in the literature (25/27 studies were conducted in the USA, one in Denmark and one in Spain)
Future studies should incorporate naturalistic observations of primary carer-child interactions in addition to laboratory-based assessments
There is a dearth of literature regarding parent-child interactions in children of school-age


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