Empirically Based Treatments for Maltreated Children: A Developmental Perspective

  • Susan G. Timmer
  • Anthony J. Urquiza
Part of the Child Maltreatment book series (MALT, volume 2)


The purpose of this chapter is to describe the use of empirically-based treatments with maltreated children. The value of using an empirically-based or empirically-supported treatment is now widely acknowledged, and so the number of interventions with empirical support is increasing. In order to avoid being outdated before publishing the chapter, we decided to describe the disruptive effects of child maltreatment on children’s development, then select a small number of empirically based treatments that we believe address key issues in infancy, toddlerhood and young childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. Therefore, this chapter will provide an overview of the effects of child maltreatment on developing children, with an emphasis on common maladaptive responses to abuse and neglect. This is followed by descriptions of several well-researched interventions that have the greatest utility for each distinct phase of child development.


Emotional Regulation Child Maltreatment Foster Parent Dialectical Behavior Therapy Distress Tolerance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Department of PediatricsUniversity of California at Davis Children’s HospitalSacramentoUSA

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