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Child Maltreatment

Child Maltreatment

eISSN: 15526119 | ISSN: 10775595 | Current volume: 25 | Current issue: 4 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.

Daniel J. Whitaker, Ph.D. Georgia State University - Atlanta, Georgia
Founding Editor
Mark Chaffin Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Associate Editors
Rochelle Hanson Medical University of South Carolina, USA
Kathryn Maguire-Jack University of Michigan, USA
Kristin Valentino University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA
Consulting Editors
Lenneke Alink Leiden University, Netherlands
Gia E. Barboza-Salerno University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA
Douglas Barnett Wayne State University, USA
Stephanie D. Block University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA
Ernestine Briggs Duke University, USA
Derek S. Brown Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Elissa J. Brown St. John's University - NY, USA
Catherine Corr University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
Theodore P. Cross University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Angela Crossman John Jay College - CUNY
Amy Damashek Western Michigan University, USA
Donald Derauf Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, USA
David DiLillo University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Louise Dixon Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Mary Dozier University of Delaware, USA
Howard Dubowitz University of Maryland, USA
Amy Dworsky Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, USA
Ann Elliott Radford University, USA
Candice Feiring The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ, USA
David Finkelhor University of New Hampshire, USA
Julian Ford University of Connecticut, USA
Bridget Freisthler The Ohio State University, USA
Andrea Gonzalez McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
Damion Grasso University of Connecticut, New Hartford, CT, USA
Kate Guastaferro Pennsylvania State University, USA
Neil B. Guterman New York University, Silver School of Social Work
Jesse J. Helton St. Louis University, USA
Daryl Higgins Institute of Child Protection Studes, Australian Catholic University, Australia
Lisa Jones University of New Hampshire, USA
Canan Karatekin University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Carla Kmett Danielson Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
Julia M. Kobulsky Temple University, USA
David J. Kolko University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, USA
Shawna Lee University of Michigan, USA
O. Lourdes Linares Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA
Oliver Lindhiem University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Thomas McMahon Yale University, USA
Darcey Merritt New York University, USA
Joshua P. Mersky University of Illinois-Chicago, USA
Steven Ondersma Wayne State University, USA
Assaf Oshri University of Georgia, USA
Vincent J. Palusci New York University, Italy
Jodi Quas University of California, Irvine, USA
Ramesh Raghavan Rutgers University, USA
Christina Rodriguez University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Joseph P. Ryan University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Shannon Self-Brown Georgia State University, USA
Chad Shenk The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Jane F. Silovsky University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre, USA
Valerie Simon Wayne State University, USA
Jeff Snarr SUNY, Brockport, NY, USA
Ashwini Tiwari Augusta University, USA
Sheree L. Toth University of Rochester, USA
Frank E. Vandervort University of Michigan, USA
Cathy Spatz Widom John Jay College, City University of New York, USA
James M. Wood University of Texas, USA
Editorial Assistant
Student Reviewer Board
Funlola G. Are Medical University of South Carolina, USA
Gracelyn H. Cruden Oregon Social Learning Center, USA
Kelli L. Dickerson University of California, Irvine, USA
Lindsay P. Huffhines Brown University, USA
Laura Machlin University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Austen McGuire University of Kansas, USA
Violeta J. Rodríguez University of Georgia, USA
Arielle Ana Jackson Scoglio Northeastern University, USA
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