The Scientific World Journal

Maltreatment Associated Psychiatric Problems

Publishing date
18 Mar 2016
Submission deadline
30 Oct 2015

1University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden

2University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

3University of Leicester, Leicester, UK

Maltreatment Associated Psychiatric Problems


A previous special issue of this journal focused on early symptomatic syndromes eliciting neurodevelopmental clinical examinations (ESSENCE) and one of the papers in that issue introduced the concept of maltreatment associated psychiatric problems (MAPP). MAPP is a syndrome of overlapping complex neurodevelopmental problems in children who have experienced abuse or neglect in early life (before the age of 5). We believe that children with MAPP are a hidden population in the community yet whose problems can seem overwhelming if referred to clinicians. Individual disorders associated with maltreatment are varied and can include reactive attachment disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders, conduct disorders, and PTSD. Predisposing factors are likely to be both environmental and genetic. Because of the complex and overlapping nature of MAPP, with symptoms emerging in early life, we argued in the previous special issue that it should be considered an example of ESSENCE. We are aware of exciting new research and thinking emerging about this group of children from fields as disparate as epidemiology, neurosciences, genetics, and social policy and believe that MAPP warrants a special issue of its own.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Definitions of maltreatment: policy/research/practice implications of variations/changes
  • Diagnostic/detection issues (attachment versus neurodevelopmental disorders; attachment styles versus attachment disorders; implications for practice)
  • Brain effects of maltreatment
  • Overview of advances in interventions


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 1869673
  • - Research Article

Does Quantitative Research in Child Maltreatment Tell the Whole Story? The Need for Mixed-Methods Approaches to Explore the Effects of Maltreatment in Infancy

Samuel Glass | Ruchika Gajwani | Fiona Turner-Halliday
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 8654169
  • - Research Article

Current Psychopathological Symptoms in Children and Adolescents Who Suffered Different Forms of Maltreatment

Paola De Rose | Fortunata Salvaguardia | ... | Stefano Vicari
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 5730104
  • - Research Article

Association between Reactive Attachment Disorder/Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder and Emerging Personality Disorder: A Feasibility Study

Khadija Mirza | Gracia Mwimba | ... | Claire Davidson
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 6303490
  • - Review Article

Is Early Experience Destiny? Review of Research on Long-Term Outcomes following International Adoption with Special Reference to the British Chinese Adoption Study

Margaret Grant | Alan Rushton | John Simmonds
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 5986835
  • - Research Article

Challenges of Assessing Maltreated Children Coming into Foster Care

Rachel Pritchett | Harriet Hockaday | ... | Helen Minnis
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 683062
  • - Research Article

Associations between Inadequate Parenting Practices and Behavioral Problems in Children and Adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Maria Cristina Triguero Veloz Teixeira | Regina Luisa de Freitas Marino | Luiz Renato Rodrigues Carreiro
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