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Psychological maltreatment: Progress achieved

  • Stuart N. Hart (a1) and Marla R. Brassard (a2)
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  • Published online: 31 October 2008

The devotion of a central article in this special issue and of responses by a variety of researchers indicates that serious scholarly attention is finally being focused on psychological maltreatment. This is a topic of genuine significance to child development and psychopathology research. McGee and Wolfe's (1991) article raises important issues and applies a theoretical focus that are useful in highlighting important aspects of psychological maltreatment.

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