School Psychology Review

A Developmental View of the Psychological Consequences of Maltreatment

Martha Farrell Erickson, Byron Egeland

pp. 156-168

Mini-Series on Psychological Maltreatment of Children

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ABSTRACT: Central to all patterns of maltreatment is insensitivity to the emotional needs of the child. Such insensitivity by caregivers early in the child’s life has been shown to have long-term effects on the child’s psychological development. This article includes a summary of findings on the consequences of maltreatment in early childhood,followed by a discussion of major developmental issues during infancy and toddlerhood and salient features of sensitive and insensitive parenting during those periods.Finally, the article addresses implications of this information for school psychologists.