Psychosocial interventions for maltreated and violence-exposed children

Judith A. Cohen, Anthony P. Mannarino, Laura K. Murray, Robyn Igelman

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Child sexual, physical, and emotional abuse as well as child neglect and domestic violence, community violence, and Childhood Traumatic Grief may result in significant and long-lasting emotional and behavioral difficulties. This article reviews randomized controlled studies that have assessed child mental health outcomes for maltreated and violence-exposed children. Key points of this review include the following: (1) maltreated and violence-exposed children typically experience more than one of these types of traumas; (2) effective psychosocial treatments are available to address Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and behavioral problems in these children; (3) it is likely that treatments which effectively reduce mental health symptoms in children exposed to one type of child maltreatment or violence exposure will also be effective for other or multiple types; and (4) mental health outcomes are not the only important outcomes to address in future treatment or intervention efforts. These future directions for treatment intervention research are addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)737-766
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Social Issues
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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