Understanding and Treating Children Who Experience Interpersonal Maltreatment: Empirical Findings


  • David M. Lawson

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    1. Department of Human Services, Stephen F. Austin State University
    • Counseling Program, Department of Human Services, Stephen F. Austin State University, PO Box 13019, Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3019 (e-mail: DML3466@aol.com)

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Child maltreatment (CM) is a major health problem in U.S. society, with 872,000 substantiated cases reported in 2004 and unofficial rates ranging from 2 to 10 million cases per year. Depending on the severity, CM can negatively affect a child's physical, emotional, and psychological functioning and development immediately following an abuse incident or incidents; in severe cases, it can affect adult functioning. The author examines the empirically supported research related to the incidence, consequences, treatment effectiveness, and models of treatment for CM.