Motivation and Child Maltreatment

Motivation and Child Maltreatment

Motivation and Child Maltreatment

Motivation and Child Maltreatment

Synopsis

In this volume, the concept of motivation is used to shed light on a range of complex issues surrounding the maltreatment of children. Cathy Spatz Widom investigates the role of motivation in the intergenerational transmission of violence, where victimized children themselves become perpetrators of violence as adults. Joel S. Milner looks at the way abusive parents process social information related to children. The biological, psychological, and social-contextual regulatory processes in maltreated children are considered by Dante Cicchetti and Sheree L. Toth. Deborah Daro discusses the current status of efforts to eliminate maltreatment of children and offers an alternative model for approaching the concept and practice of prevention. John R. Lutzker addresses the challenges of and procedures for applied research on the treatment of abusive parents. In his concluding essay Ross A. Thompson highlights the important themes focusing on child maltreatment that underlie this volume.

Excerpt

The volume editor for this 46th edition of the Nebraska Symposium is Professor David J. Hansen. David coordinated the symposium that led to this volume with enthusiasm and dedication. He planned this volume, selected and invited the contributors, and coordinated all aspects of the editing. My thanks to him and to our contributors for their excellent presentations and for the timely production of their chapters.

With this volume we have continued to employ procedures that were designed to facilitate the attending of the symposium by scholars other than our main presenters. Specifically, to allow other scholars the possibility of traveling to the symposium as participants, we invited posters on topics relevant to the main theme of each volume. Since this is a tradition we intend to continue, we urge you, our readers, to consider such poster submissions when you receive future symposium announcements.

This symposium series is supported largely by funds donated in the memory of Professor Harry K. Wolfe to the University of Nebraska Foundation by the late Professor Cora L. Friedline. This symposium volume, like those of the recent past, is dedicated to the memory of Professor Wolfe, who brought psychology to the University of Nebraska. After studying with Professor Wilhelm Wundt, Professor . . .

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