Intergenerational Transmission of Child Maltreatment

  • Lisa Schelbe
  • Jennifer M. Geiger

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Social Work book series (BRIEFSSOWO)

About this book


This accessible resource coordinates what we know about the intergenerational transmission of child maltreatment (ITCM), with a specific focus on prevention in context. Cutting through facile cause-and-effect constructs, the authors review and critique the recent literature on the complicated nature of the phenomenon and weigh different approaches to its conceptualization. The book identifies child and parental risk factors linked to ITCM as well as protective factors involved in its reduction, while examining complex relationships between family, parenting, and social contexts that can provide keys to understanding and healing traumatized families. This close attention to crucial yet often overlooked details will aid professionals in creating the next wave of salient research projects and effective interventions, and enhance current efforts to break longstanding patterns of abuse and neglect. 

Among the topics covered:

• Theoretical frameworks conceptualizing intergenerational transmission of child maltreatment.
• Empirical studies on intergenerational transmission of child maltreatment.
• Risk factors associated with ITCM.
• Protective factors associated with breaking the cycle of maltreatment.
• Methodological challenges in studying ITCM.
• Recommendations for evaluation of intervention and prevention strategies.

Geared toward novices and veterans alike, Intergenerational Transmission of Child Maltreatment is a solution-focused reference of singular importance to practitioners and research professionals involved in improving children’s well-being. 


Child maltreatment Intergenerational transmission of child maltreatment Child neglect ITCM Social Learning Theory Social Information Processing Theory Intimate partner violence Intervention and prevention Parental resilience Child resilience

Authors and affiliations

  • Lisa Schelbe
    • 1
  • Jennifer M. Geiger
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Social WorkFlorida State University College of Social WorkTalahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Arizona State University School of Social WorkPhoenixUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-43822-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-43824-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-3104
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-3112
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