Physical Abuse Reading List

This reading list was compiled by experts in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It includes important recent work as well as classic books and articles on child physical abuse and neglect by Network and other experts in the field.

Because most books and articles are protected by copyright law, we cannot provide copies of them or links to full text. But whenever possible, we have provided links to articles on publishers' websites, where you may be able to access the full article, depending on the publisher's policy. You can also contact your local public, medical, or university library for help if you would like to read the full publications.

Ammerman, R. T. (1990). Etiological models of child maltreatment: A behavioral perspective. Behavior Modification, 14, 230-254. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1177/01454455900143002

Azar, S. T. (1989). Training parents of abused children. In C. E. Schaefer & J. M. Briesmeister (Eds.), Handbook of parent training: Parents as co-therapists for children's behavior problems (pp. 414-441). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Azar, S. T. (1997). A cognitive behavioral approach to understanding and treating parents who physically abuse their children. In D. A. Wolfe, R. J. McMahon, & R.D. Peters (Eds.), Child abuse: New directions in prevention and treatment across the lifespan (pp. 79-101). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Black, D. A., Slep, A. M. S., & Heyman, R. E. (2001). Risk factors for child psychological abuse. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 6, 189-201. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1016/S1359-1789(00)00022-7

Brown, G. R., & Anderson, B. (1991). Psychiatric morbidity in adult inpatients with childhood histories of sexual and physical abuse. American Journal of Psychiatry, 148, 55-61.

Brown, E.J., & Kolko, D.J. (1999). Child victims' attributions about being physically abused: An examination of factors associated with symptom severity. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 27, 311-322. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1023/A:1022610709748

Chaffin, M., Silovsky, J. F., Funderburk, B., Valle, L. A., Brestan, E. V., Balachova, T., et al. (2004). Parent-child interaction therapy with physically abusive parents: Efficacy for reducing future abuse reports. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 72, 500-510. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi:10.1037/0022-006X.72.3.500

Chilamkurti, C., & Milner, J.S. (1993). Perceptions and evaluations of child transgressions and disciplinary techniques in high- and low-risk mothers and their children. Child Development, 64, 1801-1814. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.2307/1131470

Crooks, C. V., Scott, K. L., Wolfe, D. A., Chiodo, D., & Killip, S. (2007). Understanding the link between childhood maltreatment and violent delinquency: What do schools have to add? Child Maltreatment, 12, 269-280. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1177/1077559507301843 

Deblinger, E., & Runyon, M. K. (2005). Understanding and treating feelings of shame in children who have experienced maltreatment. Child Maltreatment, 10, 364-376. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1177/1077559505279306

De Paúl, J, Asla, N., Pérez-Albéniz, A., & de Cádiz, B. (2006) Impact of stress and mitigating information on evaluations, attributions, affect, disciplinary choices, and expectations of compliance in mothers at high and low risk for child physical abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 21, 1018-1045. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1177/0886260506290411

Dodge, K. A. Pettit, G. S., Bates, J. E., & Valente, E. (1995). Social information-processing patterns partially mediate the effect of early physical abuse on later conduct problems. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 104, 632-643. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1037/0021-843X.104.4.632

Donohue, B., Miller, E. R., Van Hasselt, V. B., & Hersen, M. (1998). An ecobehavioral approach to child maltreatment. In V. B. Van Hasselt, & M. Hersen (Eds.), Handbook of psychological treatment protocols for children and adolescents. (pp.279-356). Mahwah, NJ:Erlbaum.

Fantuzzo, J. W., Jurecic, L., Stovall, A., Hightower, A. D., Goins, C., & Schachtel, D. (1988). Effects of adult and peer social initiations on the social behavior of withdrawn, maltreated preschool children. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 56, 34-39. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1037/0022-006X.56.1.34

Francis, K. J., & Wolfe, D. A. (2008). Cognitive and emotional differences between abusive and non-abusive fathers. Child Abuse & Neglect, 32, 1127-1137. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2008.05.007

Keiley, M. K., Howe, T. R., Dodge, K. A., Bates, J. E., & Pettit, G. S. (2001). The timing of child physical maltreatment: A cross-domain growth analysis of impact on adolescent externalizing and internalizing problems. Development and Psychopathology, 13, 891-912.

Kolko, D. J. (1996). Clinical monitoring of treatment course in child physical abuse: Psychometric characteristics and treatment comparisons. Child Abuse and Neglect, 20, 23-43. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1016/0145-2134(95)00113-1

Kolko, D. J. (1996). Individual cognitive-behavioral treatment and family therapy for physically abused children and their offending parents: A comparison of clinical outcomes. Child Maltreatment, 1, 322-342. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1177/1077559596001004004

Kolko, D. J. (2002). Child physical abuse. In J. E. B. Myers, L. Berliner, J. Briere, C. T. Hendrix, C. Jenny, & T. A. Reid (Eds.), The APSAC handbook on child maltreatment (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Kolko, D. J., Brown, E. J., Berliner, L. (2002). Children's perceptions of their abusive experience: Measurement and preliminary findings. Child Maltreatment: 7, 41-53. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website.

Kolko, D. J., & Kolko, R. P. (2009). Psychological impact and treatment of child physical abuse. In Carol Jenny (Ed.), Child abuse and neglect: Diagnosis, treatment, and evidence. Philadelphia: Saunders/Elsevier.

Kolko, D. J., & Swenson, C. (2002). Assessing and treating physically abused children and their families: A cognitive-behavioral approach. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Lansford, J. E., Miller-Johnson, S., Berlin, L. J., Dodge, K. A., Bates, J. E., & Pettit, G. S. (2007). Early physical abuse and later violent delinquency: A prospective longitudinal study. Child Maltreatment, 12, 233-245. Click here to view this article on the publlisher's website. doi: 10.1177/1077559507301841

Lipovsky, J., Swenson, C., Ralston, M., & Saunders, B. (1998). The abuse clarification process in the treatment of intrafamilial child abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect, 22, 729-741. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi:10.1016/S0145-2134(98)00051-9

Lorber, R., Felton, D. K., & Reid, J. (1984). A social learning approach to the reduction of coercive processes in child abusive families: A molecular analysis. Advances in Behavior Research and Therapy, 6, 29-45. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi:10.1016/0146-6402(84)90011-0

Lundquist, L. M., & Hansen, D. J. (1998). Enhancing treatment adherence, social validity, and generalization of parent-training with physically abusive and neglectful families. In J. R. Lutzker (Ed.), Handbook of child abuse research and treatment (pp. 449-471). New York: Plenum Press.

Lutzker, J.R. (2006). Preventing violence: Research and evidence-based intervention strategies. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Mammen, O., Kolko, D., & Pilkonis, P. (2003). Parental cognitions and satisfaction: Relationship to aggressive parental behavior in child physical abuse. Child Maltreatment, 8, 288-301.

Mammen, O. K., Kolko, D. J., & Pilkonis, P. A. (2002). Negative affect and parental aggression in child physical abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect, 26, 407-424. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi:10.1016/S0145-2134(02)00316-2

McKay, M.M., Pennington, J., Lynn, C.J., & McCadam, K. (2001). Understanding urban child mental health service use: Two studies of child, family, and environmental correlates. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 28, 475-483. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1007/BF02287777

Medley, A. & Sachs-Ericsson, N. (2009). Predictors of parental physical abuse: The contribution of internalizing and externalizing disorders and childhood experiences of abuse. Journal of Affective Disorders, 113, 244-254. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2008.05.020

Milner, J. S., & Chilamkurti, C. (1991). Physical child abuse perpetrator characteristics: A review of the literature. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 6, 345-366. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1177/088626091006003007

Patterson, G. R. (1997). Performance models for parenting: A social interactional perspective. In J. E. Grusec, & L. Kuczynski (Eds.), Parenting and children's internalization of values: A handbook of contemporary theory (pp. 193-226). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Patterson, G. R., DeBaryshe, B. D., & Ramsey, E. (1989). A developmental perspective on antisocial behavior. American Psychologist,44, 329-335. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1037/0003-066X.44.2.329

Runyon, M. K., Deblinger, E., Ryan, E. E., & Thakkar-Kolar, R. (2004). An overview of child physical abuse: Developing an integrated parent-child cognitive-behavioral treatment approach. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, 5, 65-85.

Runyon, M. K., Deblinger, E. & Schroeder, C. (2009). Pilot evaluation of outcomes of combined parent-child cognitive-behavioral therapy group for families at risk for child physical abuse. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 16, 101-118. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpra.2008.09.006

Runyon, M.K., Deblinger, E. & Steer, R. (2010). Group cognitive behavioral treatment for parents and children at-risk for physical abuse: An initial study. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 32, 196-218. doi: 10.1080/07317107.2010.500515

Saunders, B. E. (2003). Understanding children exposed to violence: Toward an integration of overlapping field. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 18, 356-376. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1177/0886260502250840

Sebre, S., Sprugevica, I., Novotni, A., Bonevski, D., Pakalniskiene, V., Popescu, D., et al. (2004). Cross-cultural comparisons of child-reported emotional and physical abuse: Rates, risk factors, and psychosocial symptoms. Child Abuse and Neglect, 28, 113-127. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2003.06.004

Sedlar, G., & Hansen, D.J. (2001). Anger, child behavior, and family distress: Further evaluation of the Parental Anger Inventory. Journal of Family Violence, 16, 361-373. Click here to view this article on the pulbisher's website. doi: 10.1023/A:1012220809344

Silverman, W.K., Ortiz, C.D., Viswesvaran, C., Burns, B. J., Kolko, D. J., Putnam, F. W., et al. (2008). Evidence-based psychosocial treatments for children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 37, 156-183. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1080/15374410701818293

Straus, M. A., Hamby, S. L., Finkelhor, D., Moore, D. W., & Runyan, D. (1998). Identification of child maltreatment with the Parent-Child Conflict Tactics Scales: Development and psychometric data for a national sample of American parents. Child Abuse & Neglect, 22, 249-270. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1016/S0145-2134(97)00174-9

Swenson, C. C., & Brown, E. J. (1999). Cognitive-behavioral group treatment for physically abused children. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 6, 212-220. doi: 10.1016/S1077-7229(99)80078-9

Timmer, S. G., Urquiza, A. J., Zebell, N. M., & McGrath, J. M. (2005). Parent-child interaction therapy: Application to maltreating parent-child dyads. Abuse and Neglect, 29, 825-842. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2005.01.003

Trickett, P.K., & McBride-Chang, C. (1995). The developmental impact of different forms of child abuse and neglect. Developmental Review, 15, 311-337. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1006/drev.1995.1012

Urquiza, A. J., & McNeil, C. B. (1996). Parent-child interaction therapy: An intensive dyadic intervention for physically abusive families. Child Maltreatment, 1, 134-144. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1177/1077559596001002005

Valle, L. A., & Lutzker, J. R. (2006). Child physical abuse. In J. E. Fisher & W. T. O'Donohue (Eds.), Practitioner's guide to evidence-based psychotherapy, (pp. 169-176). New York: Springer.

Webster-Stratton, C., & Hammond, M. (1997). Treating children with early onset conduct problems: A comparison of child and parent training interventions. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 65, 93-109. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1037/0022-006X.65.1.93

Widom, C. S., & Brzustowicz, L. M. (2006). MAOA and the cycle of violence: Childhood abuse and neglect, MAOA genotype, and risk for violent and antisocial behavior. Biological Psychiatry, 60, 684-689. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2006.03.039

Wolfe, D. A., Edwards, B., Manion, I., & Koverola, C. (1988). Early intervention for parents at risk of child abuse and neglect: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 56, 40-47. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1037/0022-006X.56.1.40

Wolfe, D.A., Kaufman, K., Aragona, J. & Sandler, J. (1981). The child management program for abusive parents: Procedures for developing a child abuse intervention program. Winter Park, FL: Anna Pub.

Wolfe, D.A., Sandler, J., & Kaufman, K. (1981). A competency based parent-training program for child abusers. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 49, 633-640. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1037/0022-006X.49.5.633

Wolfe, D. A, & Wekerle, C. (1993). Treatment strategies for child physical abuse and neglect: A critical progress report. Clinical Psychology Review, 13, 473-500. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1016/0272-7358(93)90043-L

Wolfe, D.A., Wekerle, C., Reitzel-Jaffe, D., Lefebvre, L. (1998). Factors associated with abusive relationships among maltreated and nonmaltreated youth. Development and Psychopathology, 10, 61-85. Click here to view this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1017/S0954579498001345