Child Maltreatment

Child Maltreatment

2015 Impact Factor: 2.292
2015 Ranking: 7/43 in Family Studies | 3/41 in Social Work
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Daniel J. Whitaker, Ph.D. Georgia State University - Atlanta, Georgia

eISSN: 15526119 | ISSN: 10775595 | Current volume: 22 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

The most current and authoritative resource in the vital and changing field of child abuse and neglect...

An Interdisciplinary Forum

Child Maltreatment answers the urgent need for an interdisciplinary forum disseminating original research, information and technical innovations on child abuse and neglect. The field of child maltreatment is multidisciplinary, embracing diverse professional and cultural identities. Peer-reviewed and written by leading experts, Child Maltreatment provides common ground for practitioners, policy makers and researchers from a variety of disciplines. The journal creates an important synthesis of contributions in science, theory, practice and policy issues. Fields represented include: Law, Social Work, Law Enforcement, Child Protection, Medicine, Psychology, Research, and Prevention.

Accessible and Comprehensive Policy 

High quality, original research in the field of child abuse and neglect can have immediate impact on the quality of children’s lives. Child Maltreatment is committed to promoting practice and policy perspectives that are based on the best available empirical scientific evidence.

Special Sections

Occasionally, Child Maltreatment features regular Special Sections and Special Issues dedicated to original research and practice articles dealing with specific topics of pressing concern to the child abuse community. These offer readers broad coverage of focused topics, and present new research and commentary from some of the field's foremost researchers and thinkers.

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Child Maltreatment fills an important gap in research literature and makes a valuable addition to your library’s criminology, psychology, social work or law collection. Free sample copies are available to librarians on request.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Child Maltreatment is the official journal of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), the nation's largest interdisciplinary child maltreatment professional organization. Child Maltreatment's objective is to foster professional excellence in the field of child abuse and neglect by reporting current and at-issue scientific information and technical innovations in a form immediately useful to practitioners and researchers from mental health, child protection, law, law enforcement, medicine, nursing, and allied disciplines. Child Maltreatment emphasizes perspectives with a rigorous scientific base that are relevant to policy, practice, and research.

Founding Editor
Mark Chaffin Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Associate Editors
Lucy A. Berliner University of Washington, Harborview Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress
Charles M. Cleland New York University
Howard Dubowitz University of Maryland, USA
David Finkelhor University of New Hampshire
Cathy Spatz Widom John Jay College, City University of New York
Consulting Editors
Lenneke Alink Leiden University, The Netherlands
Brian Allen Center for the Protection of Children, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Hershey, PA
Douglas Barnett Wayne State University
Ernestine Briggs Duke University
Elissa J. Brown St. John's University - NY
Theodore P. Cross University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Angela Crossman John Jay College - CUNY
Amy Damashek Western Michigan University
David DiLillo University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Louise Dixon University of Birmingham, UK
Mary Dozier University of Delaware
John Eckenrode Cornell University
Ann Elliott Radford University, USA
Candice Feiring, PhD The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
Julian Ford University of Connecticut, USA
Andrea Gonzalez McMaster University, Hamilton, ON Canada
Damion Grasso University of Connecticut, New Hartford, CT
Neil B. Guterman University of Chicago
Rochelle Hanson Medical University of South Carolina
Martine Hébert Université du Québec à Montréal
Lisa Jones University of New Hampshire
Canan Karatekin University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Carla Kmett Danielson Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
David J. Kolko University of Pittsburgh, USA
Shawna Lee University of Michigan
O. Lourdes Linares Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Oliver Lindhiem University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Kathryn Maguire-Jack Ohio State University, Columbus OH
Thomas McMahon Yale University
Joshua P. Mersky University of Illinois-Chicago
Beth Molnar Harvard School of Public Health
Steven Ondersma Wayne State University
Assaf Oshri University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Vincent J. Palusci New York University, Italy
Jodi Quas University of California, Irvine, USA
Christina Rodriguez University of Alabama at Birmingham
Joseph P. Ryan University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Benjamin E. Saunders Medical University of South Carolina
Shannon Self-Brown Georgia State University
Chad Shenk The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Jane F. Silovsky University of Oklahoma
Valerie Simon Wayne State University
Jeff Snarr SUNY, Brockport, NY
Lil Tonmyr Public Health Agency of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Sherri L. Toth University of Rochester, USA
Nico Trocmé McGill University
Kristin Valentino University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
James M. Wood University of Texas
Editorial Assistant
Judy Donlin American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
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