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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 3/2011 
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A cura di Rossella Procaccia, La resilienza nei bambini vittime di abuso: fattori di rischio e fattori di protezione
Carrie A. Moylan, Todd I. Herrenkohl, Cindy Sousa, Emiko A. Tajima, Roy C. Herrenkohl, M. Jean Russo, Gli effetti del maltrattamento infantile e dell’esposizione alla violenza domestica sui problemi comportamentali internalizzanti ed esternalizzanti in adolescenza (The effects of child abuse and exposure to domestic violence on adolescent internalizing and externalizing behavior problems)
Elena Santoro, L’adattamento resiliente nei bambini vittime di abuso e maltrattamento: un’analisi dei fattori protettivi e dei meccanismi di mediazione (Resilience among abused and maltreated children: an analysis of protective factors and mediation mechanisms)
Rossella Procaccia, Rischio e resilienza nei bambini maltrattati (Risk and resilience in maltreated children)
Renzo Di Cori, Nadia Fedeli, Ugo Sabatello, Giovani autori di reati sessuali: personal profiling, criminogenesi e criminodinamica del juvenile sexual offending (Juvenile Sexual Offenders: personal profiling, criminogenesis, criminodynamic of juvenile sexual offending)
Vittoria Ardino, La costruzione di significato della violenza sulla donna in contesti post-conflitto: uno studio interpretativofenomenologico su rifugiati congolesi (Rape against women in post-war contexts: an interpretative-phenomenological study among Congolese refugees)
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Issue 2/2011 

Angela Maria Di Vita. A cura di Valeria Granatella, L’intervento con minori vittime o autori di abuso e maltrattamento: la dimensione intersoggettiva
Maria Garro, Paola Miano, Angela Maria Di Vita, Testimoni privilegiati nei casi di violenza: dalle parole dello svelamento agli interventi di protezione (Privileged witnesses in violence cases)
Aluette Merenda, Paola Miano, Carmela Polizzi, Rosalba Salierno, La presa in carico dei minori abusanti: ruolo degli operatori e competenze emotive (Taking care of young offenders: Emotional skills and the role of the professionals)
Valeria Granatella, Pregiudizi ed emozioni nell’ascolto del minore presunta vittima di abuso: note di discussione critica (Prejudices and emotions when listening to an alleged victim of child abuse)
Simona Guarino, Laura Vismara, Loredana Lucarelli, Stati mentali materni di ostilità e impotenza e qualità dell’interazione diadica in un gruppo di bambini a rischio di maltrattamento (Hostile-helpless maternal mental states and quality of mother-infant interaction in a group of children at risk for maltreatment)
Alberta Xodo, Teen dating violence: il fenomeno della violenza nelle relazioni di coppia tra adolescenti (Teen dating violence: violence in adolescent romantic relationships)
Carmelo Danisi, Verso un maggior contrasto della tratta? Recenti interventi a livello europeo e nazionale (Towards a reinforced fight against trafficking? Recent EU and Italian initiatives)
Chiara Ionio, Recensioni
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Issue 1/2011 

A cura di Sarah Miragoli, Rischio potenziale di maltrattamento fisico: caratteristiche familiari e adattamento
Joel Milner, Cynthia Thomsen, Julie Crouch, Mandy Rabenhorst, Patricia Martens, Christopher Dyslin, Jennifer Guimond, Valerie Stander, Lex Merrill, I sintomi traumatici mediano la relazione fra maltrattamento fisico infantile e il rischio in età adulta di maltrattamento? (Do trauma symptoms mediate the relationship between childhood physical abuse and adult child abuse risk?)
Elisa Stagni Brenca, Fattori che incidono sul rischio potenziale di maltrattamento fisico (Factors that impact on potential risk of physical abuse)
Sarah Miragoli, Elisa Stagni Brenca, Paola Di Blasio, Stress e alleanza genitoriale, rischio di maltrattamento fisico e problemi comportamentali in bambini di età prescolare (Parenting stress and alliance, child potential abuse and behavioral problems in preschool children)
Letizia Caso, Francesca Vitale, Michela Boni, La violenza assistita intrafamiliare. Uno studio qualitativo sui fattori di rischio e di protezione nei minori vittime (Family witnessed within the family. A qualitative study on risk and protective factors in young child victims)
Chiara Ionio, Elvira Ripamonti, Rappresentazione mentale del Sé e funzionamento psicologico in bambini vittime di violenza: uno studio pilota (Mental representation of the Self and psychological functioning in children who are victims of violence: a pilot study)
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