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Emotional Neglect

Prior to starting my private practice, I worked for an agency serving homeless teenagers (and, to a lesser extent, helping young adults with transitional housing). In the three years I was there, I spoke with over 500 adolescents, and almost all of them reported chronic adverse experiences. Homeless adults lack homes, but homeless teenagers lack functional families. I’d worked with teens throughout my career, but in this job I was immersed in a teenage world where just about every family was dysfunctional. Many of the youth reported significant abuse experiences (emotional, physical, sexual) but interestingly, the ones who seemed to have the most problems (emotionally, functionally) were

 

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