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.
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.
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|Mark Chaffin||Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA|
|Rochelle Hanson||Medical University of South Carolina, USA|
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|Kristin Valentino||University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA|
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|Gia E. Barboza-Salerno||University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA|
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|Stephanie D. Block||University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA|
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|Derek S. Brown||Washington University in St. Louis, USA|
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|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|
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|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|
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|O. Lourdes Linares||Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA|
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|Chad Shenk||The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA|
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|Sheree L. Toth||University of Rochester, USA|
|Frank E. Vandervort||University of Michigan, USA|
|Daniel J. Whitaker, Ph.D.||Georgia State University - Atlanta, Georgia|
|Cathy Spatz Widom||John Jay College, City University of New York, USA|
|James M. Wood||University of Texas, USA|
|Funlola G. Are||Medical University of South Carolina, USA|
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Child Maltreatment (CM) is the official journal of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and primarily publishes work on samples from North America. CM welcomes manuscripts addressing timely and important topics in practice, policy, and theory, including empirical research articles, systematic review articles, and program evaluations that illustrate theoretical issues or new phenomena.
Submissions should be prepared according to the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition).
Regular articles should be no more than 30 double-spaced pages, inclusive of tables, figures, and references. Brief reports will also be accepted, limited to no more than 12 double-spaced pages including tables, figures, and references. Reviews of the literature should be no more than 50 double-spaced pages. Include an abstract of approximately 150 words. The authors’ name and affiliation must be listed on a separate Title Page for anonymous review. Submission to Child Maltreatment implies that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere, and is not under consideration by any other journal; a statement to this effect should be included with the all submissions.
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