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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 3/2015 Focus monotematico. Aspetti biologici e neuropsicologici del maltrattamento e abuso infantili. Luisella Bocchio-Chiavetto, Marco Cavallo (a cura di )
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Luisella Bocchio-Chiavetto, Marco Cavallo, Aspetti biologici e neuropsicologici del maltrattamento e abuso infantili
Marco Cavallo, Arianna Signorino, Correlati neuropsicologici e di neuroimaging del maltrattamento e dell’abuso infantili (Neuropsychological and neuroimaging correlates of child maltreatment and abuse.)
Luisella Bocchio-Chiavetto, Elisabetta Maffioletti, Effetti biomolecolari del maltrattamento infantile: il ruolo dell’epigenetica e dell’infiammazione (Biomolecular effects of childhood maltreatment: The role of epigenetics and inflammation)
Viviana Guerriero, Antonio Gnazzo, Giulio Cesare Zavattini, Gaia de Campora, Quando la relazione non funziona: il maltrattamento su bambini con Disturbo dello Spettro Autistico. Una revisione della letteratura (When the relationship doesn’t work: Maltreatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A Literature review)
Andrea Carlo Lonati, Anan Judina Bastiampillai, Silvia Colombo, Eugenia Gabrielli, Ilaria Polloni, Alberto Pellai, L’educazione sessuale quale prerequisito per la prevenzione dell’abuso sessuale all’infanzia. Confronto tra le linee guida europee e statunitensi (Sexuality education as a prerequisite for the prevention of sexual abuse to children. Comparison of European and US guidelines)
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Issue 2/2015 Focus monotematico. Esposizione alla violenza e disturbi perinatali. (Paola Di Blasio)
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Paola Di Blasio, Esposizione alla violenza e disturbi perinatali
Stefania Cataudella, Giulio Cesare Zavattini, I precursori della violenza infantile nel periodo perinatale: una review della letteratura (The precursors of childhood violence in the perinatal period: A review of the literature)
Alessandra Salerno, Violenza domestica e gravidanza. Conseguenze in fase prenatale e neonatale dell’Intimate Partner Violence (Domestic violence and pregnancy. Intimate partner violence consequences in prenatal and neonatal phases)
Simona Di Folco, Giulio Cesare Zavattini, La depressione post-partum nelle madri immigrate: una review della letteratura (Post-partum depression in immigrant mothers: A review of the literature)
Francesca Giordano, Annalisa Orenti, Monica Lanzoni, Giuseppe Marano, Elia Biganzoli, Cristina Castelli, Thierry Baubet, Trauma e discontinuità temporale nei minori vittime di disastri naturali. Il Test de trois dessins: Avant, pendant et avenir (Trauma and temporal discontinuity in children victims of natural disasters. The Test de trois dessins: Avant, pendant et avenir)
Giulia Savarese, Luna Carpinelli, Educazione sessuale e prevenzione degli abusi sessuali sui minori: esiti ed intervento di una ricerca-azione (Sex education and prevention of child sexual abuse: Outcomes and intervention of an action-research)
A cura della Redazione, Recensioni
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Issue 1/2015 Focus monotematico. Esperienze traumatiche e Disturbo Alimentare: dalla nascita all'età adulta
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Nicoletta Ragonese, Esperienze traumatiche e disturbo alimentare: dalla nascita all’età adulta
Cettina Crisafi, Nicoletta Ragonese, Vincenzo Caretti, Il ruolo del trauma infantile nell’insorgenza del Binge Eating Disorder (The role of childhood traumas on Binge Eating Disorder)
Nicoletta Ragonese, Cettina Crisafi, Trauma evolutivo e disturbo del comportamento alimentare nella prima infanzia (Developmental trauma and eating disorders in early childhood)
Paola Salvatori, Erica Neri, Fiorella Monti, Francesca Agostini, Elena Trombini, Trauma della nascita pretermine e problematiche alimentari precoci (Preterm birth trauma and early eating difficulties)
Giorgio A. Tasca, Louise Balfour, Eating Disorders and Attachment: A Contemporary Psychodynamic Perspective
Cinzia Guarnaccia, Maria Rita Infurna, Maria Lo Cascio, Francesca Giannone, Dipendenza da sostanze ed esperienze sfavorevoli infantili: uno studio empirico condotto con la Childhood Experiences of Care and Abuse Interview (CECA) (Substance addiction and adverse childhood experiences: an empirical study with Childhood)
Osmano Oasi, Sara Vecchi, Ripensare l’abuso nel Disturbo Borderline di Personalità: il caso dell’interazione verbale nell’arco di vita della persona (Rethinking abuse in Borderline Personality Disorder: the case of verbal interaction across the lifespan)
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