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Child Abuse and Maltreatment: Interdisciplinary Journal
3 issues per year , ISSN 1591-4267 , ISSNe 1972-5140
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There are now many scholars, researchers and professionals in Italy concerned with child maltreatment and abuse - psychologists, doctors, judges, teachers, social workers, police, lawyers, etc., who, in their different professional fields and with their differing perspectives, come into daily contact with the problems of maltreated children requiring protective intervention. The subject raises many issues as well as theoretical and operational problems: how to prevent the onset of abuse; how to identify and record it; how to protect children; how to treat them; how to deal with the family crisis underlying the violence in order to safeguard, where possible, the rights of the child and parents to rebuild positive affective links; how to adopt adequate measures in cases where the original family is unable to look after the children. However, it is not just a question of knowing how to construct multi-disciplinary strategies which require the contribution and constant collaboration of different professionals and services, rather, it is, above all, about acquiring analytical tools and theoretical models in order to give sense and meaning to operational practices. Following the example of developments in European and extra-European contexts, Italy is witnessing a progressive development in empirical research, experimentation and clinical analysis across the various disciplines. The need to unify and provide a voice, in the form of a scientific and multi-disciplinary journal, to the analysis and work of the many Italian scholars, whilst also offering a forum for comparison and debate, are the reasons for the journal Maltrattamento e abuso all’infanzia. The intention is to cover scientifically important themes and to supply information on more advanced intervention techniques that can be used by professionals across various fields. The journal has been organized in such a way as to give space in every issue to a specific theme which constitutes the Focus section. We also envisage a section "Research, essays, review" to host scientific work on various subjects. The section "Brief reports: Research notes, Experiences, Law and relevant Documentation" will occasionally propose brief research reports based on the experiences of work groups, teams and services, as well as documents and laws to stimulate reflection on significant topics in the legal field, new legislative initiatives and laws already in force. The following are consistent with the outlook of the journal: work based on reviews of the literature; original quantitative empirical research; research based on meta-analysis; original qualitative contributions; presentations of models and theories; comments; critical reviews.

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Editor-in-Chief: Paola Di Blasio (Milano, Italy). Associate Editors: Filippo Calamoneri (Messina, Italy), Marisa Malagoli Togliatti (Roma, Italy). Executive Editors: Elena Camisasca (Coordinator), Simona Caravita, Chiara Ionio, Luca Milan, Sarah Miragoli. Scientific Board: Brunetto Boscherini (Roma, Italy), Melita Cavallo (Roma, Italy), Vincenzo Cesareo (Milano, Italy), Livia Pomodoro (Milano, Italy), Assunto Quadrio (Milano, Italy), Giuseppe Vico (Milano, Italy). International Editorial Board: Vittoria Ardino (London, UK), Grazia Attili (Roma, Italy), Anne Bogat (East Lansing, Michigan, USA), Vincenzo Caretti (Palermo, Italy), Stefano Cirillo (Milano, Italy), Santo Di Nuovo (Catania, Italy), Piero Forno (Milano, Italy), Gabrio Forti (Milano, Italy), Susanna Mantovani (Milano, Italy), Francesco Montecchi (Roma, Italy), Alberto Pellai (Milano, Italy), María José Rodrigo (La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain), Fabio Roia (Milano, Italy), Giorgio Tamburlini (Trieste, Italy), Aldert Vrij (Portsmouth, UK), David A. Wolfe (Toronto, Canada).

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Issue 3/2010 

Maria Teresa Pedrocco Biancardi, L’affidamento familiare tra vantaggi e rischi
Maria Teresa Pedrocco Biancardi, Famiglie per l’accoglienza: storia e prospettive di una "buona pratica" (Families who welcome: history and prospects of a "good practice")
Gloria Soavi, Desiree Cobianchi, L’affido familiare strumento di prevenzione e di riparazione: una ricerca sul campo (Family fostering as a prevention and healing instrument: a field work)
Laura Seveso, L’affido familiare come strumento di buon trattamento (Foster care as an instrument of good treatment)
Maria Rosa Giolito, Franca Cabutto, Gabriella Valente, Abuso sessuale e maltrattamento sui minori: dall’équipe multidisciplinare alla Procura... Cappuccetto Rosso va in tribunale (Child sexual abuse: from the multidisciplinary team to the Public Prosecutor... Little Red Riding Hood goes to court)
Maria Cristina Verrocchio, Sarah Miragoli, Sonia Ruggieri, L’intervento psicologico-clinico integrato nei casi di violenza all’infanzia (Integrated clinical-psychological intervention in cases of child abuse)
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Issue 2/2010 Focus monotematico. Internet e prevenzione dell'abuso sessuale ai minori: una relazione a doppio binario

A cura di Alberto Pellai, Internet e prevenzione dell’abuso sessuale ai minori: una relazione a doppio binario
Simone Curti, Raffaella D'Errico, Marco Gaietta, Elena Garavelli, Massimiliano Greco, Serena Trovati, Francesca Visco, Alberto Pellai, Internet e vittimizzazione sessuale: cosa sappiamo, cosa dice la ricerca, cosa è prioritario in prevenzione (Internet and children’s online sexual victimization: What we know, what research evidence we have, what we should do to prevent it)
Michele Mainardi, Lara Zgraggen, Minori in Internet e comportamenti a rischio (Minors on Internet and hazardous behaviour)
Michele Mainardi, Lara Zgraggen, Chiara Balerna, Genitori e web: il confronto con l’uso della rete da parte dei figli minorenni (Parents and the Internet: approaches to Internet usage by minors)
Alison Lowit, Linda Treliving, Stephen Arcari, Kathleen Yates, Malcolm Kay, Philip Crockett, Michael Forrester, Ian Reid, Andrew Moskowitz, Gender and the psychological effects of childhood sexual abuse: A replication of Gold, Lucenko, Elhai, Swingle, and Sellers (1999)
Francesca Grignani, Abuso psicologico all’infanzia: problematiche e intervento in sede penale (Psychological abuse on infancy: problems and intervention in criminal context)
Maria Grazia Castorina, Donne e violenza di genere. Apprendimenti da un’esperienza di teatro.. in formazione (Women and gender violence. Learning from an experience of theatre in training)
Maria Vittoria Testa, Nadia Boido, Patrizia Montone, Simona Arrà, Elena Bonardi, Io sono unico e speciale: l’educazione alla sessualità come prevenzione dell’abuso. Un’esperienza nel territorio di Alba e Bra (I am unique and special: Education to sexuality as prevention from abuse. An experience in the area of Alba and Bra)
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Issue 1/2010 Focus monotematico. Il trauma come antecedente del comportamento criminale

Vittoria Ardino, Il trauma come antecedente del comportamento criminale
Andrew Moskowitz, How can dissociation help us to understand violent behaviour?
Wendy Morgan, Reconsidering the abused to abuser hypothesis: the need to consider the impact of trauma in the treatment and assessment of sexual and violent offenders
Vittoria Ardino, Paola Di Blasio, Luca Milani, Disturbo post-traumatico e comportamento criminale: rischio di recidiva e costrutti personali
Stefania Tambone, Rosalinda Cassibba, Lara Luchinovich, Silvia Godelli, Un’indagine sulle conseguenze psicologiche dell’abuso attraverso l’uso del test di Rorschach
Migena Lahi, Miretta Prezza, Le conseguenze della violenza domestica sul benessere fisico delle donne
Ignazio Grattagliano, Nunzia Daniela Liantonio, Maria Giovanna Tomasino, Isabella Berlingerio, La violenza morale e psicologica sul minore nelle coppie separate: la Sindrome di Alienazione Genitoriale (PAS), due casi emblematici
Mariagnese Cheli, Raffaella De Paoli, Sara Giacopuzzi, Maria Elena Montenegro, Cosimo Ricciutello, Rebecca Rubbini, La consulenza agli operatori nei casi di violenza all’infanzia
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