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Ancestral Landscapes in Human EvolutionCulture, Childrearing and Social Wellbeing$
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Darcia Narvaez, Kristin Valentino, Agustin Fuentes, James J. McKenna, and Peter Gray

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199964253

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964253.001.0001

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Child Maltreatment and Early Mother–Child Interactions

Child Maltreatment and Early Mother–Child Interactions

(p.265) 11 Child Maltreatment and Early Mother–Child Interactions
Ancestral Landscapes in Human Evolution

Kristin Valentino

Michelle Comas

Amy K. Nuttall

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a developmental psychopathology perspective on mother-child interactions among maltreating and nonmaltreating families from infancy through toddlerhood, addressing how a maltreating family environment affects developmental outcomes. Because child maltreatment represents an extreme deviation from the average expected early caregiving environment, the comparison of maltreating and nonmaltreating families serves as an experiment of nature and provides critical information regarding the contribution of early caregiving to young children’s development. This chapter concludes by providing specific examples of translational research interventions for young maltreatment children informed by basic research on mother-child interactions during early childhood.

Keywords:   child maltreatment, mother-child interaction, parenting intervention

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