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.