This research was supported by NIMH K01MH70378 awarded to Lisa Berlin, by NIDA P20DA017589 and NIDA P30P30DA023026, awarded to the Duke University Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center, and by NIDA K05DA015226 and a grant from The Duke Endowment awarded to Kenneth Dodge. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute on Drug Abuse or the National Institutes of Health or The Duke Endowment.
Intergenerational Continuity in Child Maltreatment: Mediating Mechanisms and Implications for Prevention
Article first published online: 3 FEB 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Child Development © 2011 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
Special Issue: Raising Healthy Children
Volume 82, Issue 1, pages 162–176, January/February 2011
How to Cite
Berlin, L. J., Appleyard, K. and Dodge, K. A. (2011), Intergenerational Continuity in Child Maltreatment: Mediating Mechanisms and Implications for Prevention. Child Development, 82: 162–176. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01547.x
We thank Rebecca Dunning, Sara Marcus, Claire Osgood, and Chongming Yang for assistance with data management and analysis, and Jamilah Taylor for assistance with manuscript preparation. We thank Jennifer Lansford, Katherine Rosanbalm, and four anonymous reviewers for feedback on earlier versions of the paper.
- Issue published online: 3 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 3 FEB 2011
In the interest of improving child maltreatment prevention, this prospective, longitudinal, community-based study of 499 mothers and their infants examined (a) direct associations between mothers’ experiences of childhood maltreatment and their offspring’s maltreatment, and (b) mothers’ mental health problems, social isolation, and social information processing patterns (hostile attributions and aggressive response biases) as mediators of these associations. Mothers’ childhood physical abuse––but not neglect––directly predicted offspring victimization. This association was mediated by mothers’ social isolation and aggressive response biases. Findings are discussed in terms of specific implications for child maltreatment prevention.