How emotional neglect during childhood affects one's mental health

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Emotional neglect is the most commonly experienced adverse childhood experience in Singapore, according to a landmark study on the prevalence of such experiences and their association with mental illness.

Emotional neglect is the feeling that no one in your family loved you, thought you were important or special, or the feeling that your family is not looking out for or supporting one another, said Ms Vivyan Chee, head of SSFR@Children's Society, who is not involved in the study.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2020, with the headline How emotional neglect during childhood affects one's mental health. Subscribe