Uninvolved Parenting

Uninvolved Parenting, also known as neglected or indifferent parenting, is where the parent does little more than provide basic needs, and in extreme cases, completely neglects the child’s needs. There is little emotional interaction, and nothing is demanded nor expected of the child.

Because there is no parent to tell them whether or not the child has done the right or wrong thing, in terms of operant conditioning, this can be described as both low contingency and contiguity. Behaviour does not predict an environmental consequence: there is no reinforcement nor punishment. These children have the most problems dealing with the world since they are not taught which behaviours are appropriate.


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