Child maltreatment during infancy and early childhood has been shown to negatively affect child development, including brain and cognitive development, attachment, and academic achievement. Child abuse and neglect can have enduring physical, intellectual, and psychological repercussions into adolescence and adulthood.
Developmental Aspects of the Young Child
Brady, Roberts, & Giardino (2005, 3rd ed.)
In Child Maltreatment: A Clinical Guide and Reference
Reviews the major milestones that characterize normative development, particularly with respect to child maltreatment cases.
Failure to Thrive as a Manifestation of Child Neglect
American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect and Committee on Nutrition
Pediatrics, 116(5), 2005
Focuses the pediatrician on the consideration, evaluation, and management of failure to thrive when child neglect may be present, including the notification of child protective services agencies. (PDF - 57 KB)
The Impact of Maltreatment on Child Development
Haralambie & Klapper (2005)
In Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases
Reviews the impact of child maltreatment on developing children. The chapter addresses the effects of abuse on physical, cognitive, language, and social and emotional development; patterns of attachment; and the long-term effects of maltreatment.
The Impact of Maltreatment on the Developing Child
North Carolina Medical Journal, 66(5), 2005
Discusses the impact of chronic traumatic exposure on brain structure and chemistry. These biological alterations contribute to long-term physical, emotional, behavioral, developmental, social, and cognitive dysfunction seen in adults who have experienced childhood maltreatment.
The Impact of Trauma on Child Development (PDF - 225 KB)
Juvenile and Family Court Journal (2006)
Explains how neurological and psychosocial development is affected by maltreatment.
Understanding the Behavioral and Emotional Consequences of Child Abuse (PDF - 91 KB)
Stirling & Amaya-Jackson
Pediatrics, 122(3), 2008
Discusses the impact of child abuse or neglect early in life on the development of behavior problems and emotional instability.