Research has consistently found that child abuse and neglect (maltreatment) increases the risk of lower academic achievement and problematic school performance.
As a Matter of Fact: The Relationship Between Child Maltreatment and Academic Achievement (PDF - 4,660 KB)
National Children’s Advocacy Center (2013)
Outlines eight key ramifications of child abuse and neglect on academic attainment, including higher rates of absenteeism and the need for special education services.
The Crossover Youth Practice Model: CYPM in Brief: Improving Educational Outcomes for Crossover Youth (PDF - 514 KB)
Abbott & Barnett (2016)
Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
Focuses on the most effective methods for improving academic achievement among youth who have experienced child maltreatment and engage in delinquent behavior. Recommendations include trauma-informed practices, mentoring, and cross-system collaboration.
The Effects of Trauma on Schools and Learning
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Provides information on how age and development at the time of trauma affect the behavioral manifestations of child maltreatment in school settings.
The Relationship Between Child Maltreatment, Intimate Partner Violence Exposure, and Academic Performance
Kiesel & Piescher & Edleson (2016)
Journal of Public Child Welfare, 10(4)
Compares the interlocking effects of child maltreatment and intimate partner violence on child academic achievement. This resources highlights the importance of screening and educational resources in order to mitigate the early of early adverse experiences.