The complex etiology and lasting consequences of Child Maltreatment

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This special issue presents the latest research initiatives examining the intergenerational transmission of child maltreatment and to investigate the moderating effects of safe, stable, nurturing relationships (SSNRs) on continuity of the intergenerational cycle of maltreatment. These include socially and emotionally supportive relationships between the child and his or her primary caregiver during childhood, as well as with intimate partners in adulthood. The articles in this special issue introduce novel findings and important implications for the prevention of child maltreatment. Next steps in the further investigation of the intergenerational continuity of child maltreatment should involve greater consistency in terminology, methodology, and measures used. Although there was consistency among results of the four studies included in this supplement, the statistical power of the findings could be enhanced by replication among diverse populations. Importantly, future efforts to study child maltreatment must consider intervening factors, such as involvement in systems of care, which may or may not influence behavioral trajectories over the life course. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved).




Etter, D. J., & Rickert, V. I. (2013). The complex etiology and lasting consequences of Child Maltreatment. Journal of Adolescent Health. Elsevier USA.

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