Social and Emotional Consequences of Child Maltreatment

  • Lise M. Youngblade
  • Jay Belsky


More than a quarter of a century ago, Kempe and his colleagues (Kempe, Silverman, Steele, & Droegemueller, 1962) alerted the medical and academic communities to the “battered child syndrome.” Ever since, research on, and concern for, child maltreatment has proliferated. Although substantial concern has been directed toward the victims of abuse and neglect, most research has focused upon the perpetrators (see Belsky, 1978, 1980, and Parke & Collmer, 1975, for reviews). There are compelling reasons why etiology rather than consequences of child maltreatment have been the principle focus of empirical inquiry, perhaps the most obvious of which is priorities. The first task of those concerned with child abuse and neglect is to stop it from occurring again or to prevent it from happening in the first place. In order for either remediation or prevention efforts to succeed, understanding of etiology is essential.


Child Abuse Control Child Attachment Security Emotional Consequence Attachment Theory 
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  • Lise M. Youngblade
    • 1
  • Jay Belsky
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Individual and Family Studies, College of Health and Human DevelopmentPennsylvania State UniversityPennsylvaniaUSA

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