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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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The circulation of the magazine is intended to enhance the impact at an audience of scholars and practitioners: psychologists, educators, mental health professionals, teachers, judges, social workers, lawyers and all pratictioners involved with the protection of minors.

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Issue 3/2013 Focus monotematico. L’esperienza adottiva come occasione di revisione dei Modelli Operativi Interni (MOI) relativi al Sé e alle figure di attaccamento dopo trascuratezze e traumi
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Donatella Cavanna, L’esperienza adottiva come occasione di revisione dei Modelli Operativi Interni (MOI) relativi al Sé e alle figure di attaccamento dopo trascuratezze e traumi
Donatella Cavanna, Patrizia Velotti, Daniela Danovaro, Francesca Magini, La fatica di costruire i legami: attaccamento e rappresentazioni affettive in un nucleo adottivo (The effort to built relationships: attachment and emotional representations in an adoptive family)
Maite Romàn, Jesùs Palacios, Carmen Moreno, Ana Lòpez, Rappresentazioni dell’attaccamento in bambini adottati tramite adozione internazionale (Attachment representations in internationally adopted children. Using the Story Stem Assessment)
Francesco Vadilonga, Sara Petoletti, Bambini maltrattati e abusati in adozione (Abused and maltreated children in adoption)
Grazia Attili, Lorenza Di Pentima, Alessandro Toni, Abuso, trascuratezza e il controllo degli eventi: il paradosso dell’attaccamento (Abused and neglected children: locus of control and attachment)
Rossella Procaccia, Sarah Miragoli, Paola Di Blasio, L’utilizzo del Blacky Pictures’ Test nella valutazione dei minori vittime di abuso sessuale
Alberta Xodo, Relazioni sentimentali conflittuali tra adolescenti: resoconto di un progetto di dinamica di gruppo (Teen dating conflicts: report of a group dynamics project)
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Issue 2/2013 Focus monotematico. Legami interrotti: Alienazione genitoriale e sottrazione internazionale dei minori nei casi di separazione/divorzio
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Elena Camisasca, Legami interrotti: Alienazione genitoriale e sottrazione internazionale dei minori nei casi di separazione/divorzio
Glauco Mastrangelo, Nicola Bartone, Pietrina Bianco, Paolo Schettino, Maria Serena Mastrangelo, La PAS nella nostra esperienza clinico-forense (The PAS in our forensic-clinic experience)
Mimma Tafà, Togliatti Marisa Malagoli, Quando l’abuso psicologico è in agguato: la sottrazione internazionale del minore. Proposte operative (When psychological abuse is just around the corner: International child abduction. Operational proposals)
Rita D'Amico, Claudia Minenna, La violenza tra fratelli e sorelle: Un problema sottovalutato (Violence between siblings: A neglected issue)
Chiara Ionio, Maria Giulia Olivari, Emanuela Confalonieri, Eventi traumatici in adolescenza: Risposte psicologiche e comportamentali (Traumatic events in adolescence)
Emanuela Confalonieri, Recensioni
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Issue 1/2013 Focus monotematico. Differenze cross-culturali nell'orientamento alle punizioni fisiche e nella valutazione alle competenze genitoriali
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Luca Milani, Differenze cross-culturali nell’orientamento alle punizioni fisiche e nella valutazione delle competenze genitoriali
Giovanni Giulio Valtolina, Contesto culturale, controllo genitoriale e punizioni fisiche (Physical punishment and the role of cultural context: a review)
Angelica Arace, Donatella Scarzello, Cristiano Occelli, Pratiche educative genitoriali e orientamento alla punizione: un confronto tra italiani e immigrati (Parenting practices and attitude toward punishment: a comparison between Italians and immigrants)
Luca Milani, Giulia Gagliardi, Fattori di rischio e di protezione nella valutazione delle competenze parentali di famiglie italiane e famiglie immigrate (Risk and protective factors in the evaluation of parenting skills: a comparison between Italian and immigrant families)
Andrea Lisi, Valentina Stallone, Maria Giovanna Tomasino, Valeria Affatati, Carmen Dimastromatteo, Ignazio Grattagliano, Utilità e limiti del Disegno della Famiglia nella valutazione dei casi di child sexual abuse in ambito peritale: uno studio casistico ( Uselfulness and limits of the Family drawing test, in the evaluation of child sexual abuse in expert testimony: A field survey)
Marianna Giordano, Chiara Capasso, Ce.S.T.A.: un centro di sostegno e tutela dell’affido (Ce.S.T.A.: Centre for Support and Protection of Foster Care)
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