Intergenerational Transmission of Child Maltreatment

Part of the series SpringerBriefs in Social Work pp 75-89


Prevention and Intervention Strategies to Address Intergenerational Transmission of Child Maltreatment

  • Lisa SchelbeAffiliated withCollege of Social Work, Florida State University Email author 
  • , Jennifer M. GeigerAffiliated withJane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

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In order to better understand child maltreatment and to be able to develop useful and effective interventions to prevent child maltreatment, greater understanding of intergenerational transmission of child maltreatment (ITCM) is necessary along with the contexts in which it occurs. This chapter examines specific populations that have been identified who may be at a greater risk of ITCM as well as interventions proposed to interrupt ITCM. Populations such as child welfare involved families may be disproportionally affected by ITCM. Families and individuals experiencing trauma may also be at greater risk. Various interventions have been developed to address the risks associated with child maltreatment and can be adapted to special populations and families affected by or at greater risk of intergenerational maltreatment. The chapter concludes with recommendations for continued rigorous evaluation of intervention and prevention strategies.


Prevention Intervention Breaking cycle of violence Intergenerational transmission of child maltreatment Child maltreatment Child abuse and neglect Continuity of child maltreatment Cycle of violence Cycle of abuse Empirically supported programs Evidence-based practice Evidence-informed practice