Parenting and Family Processes in Child Maltreatment and Intervention

Part of the series Child Maltreatment Solutions Network pp 3-22


Families, Poly-victimization, & Resilience Portfolios: Understanding Risk, Vulnerability & Protection Across the Span of Childhood

  • Sherry HambyAffiliated withLife Paths Appalachian Research Center and University of the South Email author 
  • , Lindsey T. RobertsAffiliated withBowling Green State University
  • , Elizabeth TaylorAffiliated withUniversity of the South
  • , Matthew HaglerAffiliated withUniversity of Massachusetts Boston
  • , Wojciech KaczkowskiAffiliated withGeorgia State University

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Three trends in violence research hold promise for advancing to the second wave of violence scholarship and practice. The first is the recognition of the web of violence, or the interconnectedness among all forms of violence and abuse. We should focus on the cumulative burden of violence exposure, not just specific types of violence. The second is the need to unpack the mechanisms and processes, so we can do a better job of targeting key underlying factors in prevention and intervention. The final shift is to a strengths-based approach, such as Resilience Portfolios. The field needs to focus more on achieving well-being, not just minimizing pathology. Opportunities and challenges of these three paradigm shifts are discussed.


Violence Abuse Resilience Mechanisms Protective factors