School Psychology Review

Psychological Maltreatment: The Unifying Construct in Child Abuse and Neglect

Marla R. Brassard, Mark S. Gelardo

pp. 127-136

Mini-Series on Psychological Maltreatment of Children

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ABSTRACT: Psychological maltreatment is increasingly receiving attention as a prevalent and destructive form of child abuse and neglect that constitutes a serious mental health problem for children. This article presents a reconceptualization of psychological maltreatment as the destructive force in child abuse and neglect, reviews the empirical evidence on the relationship between maltreatment and school readiness and performance, and outlines an agenda for intervention efforts on the part of school psychologists.