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Child Maltreatment : Theory and Research on the Causes and Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect
Edited by Dante Cicchetti and Vicki Carlson
Cambridge University Press / Softcover / Feb 1989
9780521379694 (ISBN-10: 0521379695)
Child Abuse & Prevention / Developmental Psychology
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This important volume provides a comprehensive account of the causes and consequences of child maltreatment from a developmental perspective. Over forty contributors, including some of the most highly regarded developmental researchers in the field, present the most recent findings on the impact of abuse and neglect on child development. Such definitional issues as what constitutes physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and how these conceptualizations have changed over the years, are addressed. Specific chapters examine the effect of maltreatment on cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional development in children. Issues such as early attachment to parents, sexual relationships, and intellectual and language development are examined in children who have experienced various forms of abuse. Special attention is directed to the psychology of abusive parents and to why a parent engages in abusive behavior. The volume will appeal to both researchers and clinicians in a range of disciplines including developmental and clinical psychology, psychiatry, social work, pediatrics, sociology, and law.

Reviews & endorsements

"Cicchetti and Carlson have assembled an important reference work that bridges the gap between the study of child maltreatment and child development. It is a necessary addition to the professional library of students of both topics." Richard J. Gelles, American Journal of Sociology

Table of Contents


Part I. History And Definition:
1. Definitional issues in child maltreatment
2. Physical child abuse in America: past, present, and future
3. Pediatrics and child abuse
4. Sexual abuse of children: causes and consequences
5. The intergenerational transmission of child abuse

Part II. Parental And Contextual Influences On Maltreatment:
6. Lessons from child abuse: the determinants of parenting
7. The antecedents of maltreatment: results of the Mother-Child Interaction Research Project
8. Parental attributions as moderators of affective communication to children at risk for physical abuse
9. Perceived similarities and disagreements about childrearing practices in abusive and nonabusive families
10. Cognitive foundations for parental care
11. Intergenerational continuities and discontinuities in serious parenting difficulties
12. The construct of empathy and the phenomenon of physical maltreatment of children

Part III. The Developmental Consequences Of Child Maltreatment:
13. How research on child maltreatment has informed the study of child development: perspectives from developmental psychopathology
14. Child maltreatment and attachment theory
15. Patterns of maternal behaviour among infants at risk for abuse: relations with infant attachment behaviour and infant development at 12 months of age
16. Finding order in disorganization: lessons from research on maltreated infants' attachments to their caregivers
17. Peer relations in maltreated children
18. The effects of maltreatment on development during early childhood: recent studies and their theoretical, clinical and policy implications
19. Social cognition in maltreated children
20. The effects of maltreatment on the development of young children
21. Troubled youth, troubled families: the dynamics of adolescent maltreatment
22. Child abuse, delinquency, and violent criminality
23. The prevention of maltreatment
Name index
Subject index.

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