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October 2005Vol. 6, No. 8LONGSCAN Studies on Dimensions of Maltreatment

Articles in a recent special issue of Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal focus on longitudinal research efforts to explore the effect of different dimensions of child maltreatment on child outcomes. These different dimensions include type of maltreatment, severity, chronicity, and substantiation status of referrals to CPS. Each dimension was examined in isolation to determine impacts on child outcomes.

These studies were conducted as part of the federally funded Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN) project, which has been operating since 1990 to collect data on child abuse and neglect at multiple sites over multiple years.

The special issue articles include:

  • Describing Maltreatment: Do Child Protective Service Reports and Research Definitions Agree?
  • Defining Maltreatment According to Substantiation: Distinction Without a Difference?
  • Defining Child Neglect Based on Child Protective Services Data
  • Do Allegations of Emotional Maltreatment Predict Developmental Outcomes Beyond That of Other Forms of Maltreatment?
  • Measuring the Severity of Maltreatment
  • Defining Maltreatment Chronicity: Are There Differences in Child Outcomes?

A final article draws on findings from the previous articles to explore how dimensions of maltreatment can predict emotional and behavioral functioning in children. Results indicate that different dimensions of maltreatment (including type, severity, when the maltreatment began, and the pattern across the life span), as well as interactions among these different dimensions, predict different outcomes for children.

This special issue of Child Abuse & Neglect, Vol. 29, issue 5, was edited by D. J. English. It is available at