Behavioral Assessment of Child-Abusive and Neglectful Families: Recent Developments and Current Issues

David J. Hansen, Virginia M. Macmillan

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Recent developments and current issues in the behavioral assessment of child-abusive and neglectful families are described. Procedures for the assessment of target behaviors in a variety of areas that may be related to the occurrence of further maltreatment and improved family functioning are reviewed. The primary emphasis is on measures recently developed for maltreating populations, although some measures discussed were developed for nonmaltreating populations. A variety of issues that commonly arise in the assessment of maltreating families and future directions for practice and research are also addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-278
Number of pages24
JournalBehavior Modification
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1990


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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