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Child Maltreatment

  1. Alec L. Miller,
  2. Dena A. Klein

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0168

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Miller, A. L. and Klein, D. A. 2010. Child Maltreatment. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Each year, nearly 3 million suspected cases of child maltreatment are reported in the United States (Wekerle, Miller, Wolfe, & Spindel, 2006). Nearly 1 million cases are substantiated, although the true incidence is likely far greater than these estimates suggest. Abuse or neglect can fundamentally alter a child's developmental trajectory with long-term detrimental effects on physical, emotional, social/interpersonal, and behavioral health outcomes. Research studies find, however, that with appropriate and timely interventions, maltreated children can grow up to experience healthy and productive lives.


  • child maltreatment;
  • child abuse;
  • neglect;
  • trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy