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Future Research on Intergenerational Transmission of Child Maltreatment: Methods, Constructs, and Contexts

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This chapter presents the ways, contexts, and populations with which ITCM has been studied. It describes the limitations of current studies on ITCM and the need for improved methods. It argues that there is still much to be discovered in terms of how ITCM is related to various constructs and contexts, such as poverty, intimate partner violence, trauma, and mental health. There are few, if any studies specifically examining ITCM within these contexts or within specific populations such as child welfare involving children and families, youth who are aging out of the child welfare system, and across cultures. This chapter offers specific recommendations for future research within these contexts and others related to ITCM. This chapter begins with an introduction to previously proposed methodological standards for evaluating ITCM and leads to a description of how this information can be used to guide future studies.

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  • Intergenerational transmission of child maltreatment
  • Child maltreatment
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Continuity of child maltreatment
  • Cycle of violence
  • Cycle of abuse
  • Research methods
  • Research questions

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Schelbe, L., Geiger, J.M. (2017). Future Research on Intergenerational Transmission of Child Maltreatment: Methods, Constructs, and Contexts. In: Intergenerational Transmission of Child Maltreatment. SpringerBriefs in Social Work. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-43824-5_6

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