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Limitations of review findings

The current literature is predominantly from North America and thus its generalisability to other populations is undetermined


Due to the wide age bands it was not possible to separate the literature into relevant age groups  i.e. pre-adolescent and adolescent


Due to the variety of tools used a meta-analysis was not possible


Although the majority of results related to neglect specifically, in some instances neglect and emotional abuse (EA) were combined. In addition, these results relate to “neglect/EA in isolation” whilst in practice the majority of children are likely to experience a combination of neglect/EA and other forms of maltreatment


Although this review was restricted to children experiencing neglect between the ages of 5-14 years, it was not always possible to discern whether they had also experienced neglect prior to this age


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