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Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development

pp 1516-1518

Uninvolved Parents

  • Theodora KoulentiAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Nicosia
  • , Xenia Anastassiou-HadjicharalambousAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Nicosia


Indifferent parents; Neglecting parents; Rejecting parents; Rejecting/​neglecting parents


Uninvolved parents are described as cold and uninterested in their child’s needs. They keep their child at a distance by minimizing time-sharing and interaction. They have a low degree of commitment to their role as parents [9].


Parenting Styles

Parenting styles are described as the set of parental attitudes, practices and non-verbal expressions that characterize parent-child interactions across various situations [9]. A number of different studies reveal that the quality of parenting practices has a strong effect on children’s development. Various forms of psychopathology and key emotional and behavioral problems have been associated with a range of family risk factors, such as poor parenting, lack of a warm positive relationship between children and parents, insecure attachment, and inadequate involvement with children [10].

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