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Summary of Research on Intergenerational Transmission of Child Maltreatment

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Abstract

Over the past several decades, studies have examined ITCM using varying methods, variables, and samples. This chapter presents an organized and coherent description of these studies, both narratively and visually through a table to provide readers with an overview of research conducted on ITCM. The description of the studies includes type(s) of maltreatment examined; measurement of maltreatment; transmission rates of ITCM; and presence of risk, protective and contextual factors.

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  • Intergeneration transmission of child maltreatment
  • Child maltreatment
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Continuity of child maltreatment
  • Cycle of violence
  • Cycle of abuse

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Notes

  1. 1.

    While our focus is on ITCM and parents who experienced abuse going on to abuse their children, the connection between child maltreatment and subsequent violence and criminal involvement was hypothesized and studied as earlier as the 1940s as is noted by Curtis (1963) who describes three studies from as early as 1940 that examine people who kill identified what we now call child maltreatment within the cases.

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Schelbe, L., Geiger, J.M. (2017). Summary of Research on Intergenerational Transmission of Child Maltreatment. In: Intergenerational Transmission of Child Maltreatment. SpringerBriefs in Social Work. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-43824-5_3

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