Research Review: Environmental Factors and the Intergenerational Transmission of Child Maltreatment

Welcome to the Research Review. Each month join our Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Dr. Bart Klika, as he does a quick run-down of emerging research and hot topics related to child abuse and neglect prevention.

Today’s segment focuses on a group of studies looking at issues related to the intergenerational patterns of child abuse and neglect and factors that may interrupt this cycle.

Findings from these studies present evidence that show:

  • Child maltreatment puts children on a potential course whereby their development is disrupted leading to negative consequences, such as financial strain and poor economic outcomes, depressive symptoms, substance abuse, and poor educational outcomes, which then have implications moving into adulthood.
  • Safe, stable, nurturing relationships can help to buffer the intergenerational pattern of child abuse and neglect.

Environmental Factors and the Intergenerational Transmission of Child Maltreatment

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