Systemic approaches to child maltreatment

Kimberly A. Rhoades, Danielle M. Mitnick, Richard E. Heyman, Amy M.Smith Slep, Tamara Del Vecchio

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This chapter provides an overview of empirically supported intervention and prevention programs for child maltreatment. For each intervention and prevention program, we outline the content and delivery of the program, review the empirical support for the program, and discuss any cross-cultural evaluations or adaptations to the program. In addition to reviewing intervention/prevention programs, the chapter also provides discussion of child maltreatment definitions (and difficulties in determining and applying such definitions), prevalence, and theories. Research limitations and challenges within the field of child maltreatment intervention and prevention are outlined. Recommendations are also provided for future research and child maltreatment policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy, Set
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9781119438519
StatePublished - Aug 26 2020


  • Child maltreatment
  • Child maltreatment definitions
  • Child maltreatment etiology
  • Child maltreatment policy
  • Child neglect
  • Child physical abuse
  • Child psychological abuse
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Intervention
  • Prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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