Neighborhoods and Child Maltreatment

The third focus area of CMPL is examining the impact of neighborhoods on child maltreatment. Our prior research has focused on the mediating pathways through which neighborhoods relate to maltreatment, and we are currently examining the unique ways in which neighborhoods contribute to maltreatment in rural areas.


Lab members engaged

Recent publications

  1. Maguire-Jack, K., Chang, O.D., Smith, D.Y., Solomon, A., Van Berkel, D., & Spilsbury, J.C. Understanding parenting support in rural neighborhoods. (2024). International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy and Practice. Published online:

  2. Chang, O.D., Chang, Y., & Maguire-Jack, K. (2024). Intervening in suspected child maltreatment: Parents’ responses to and perceptions of maltreatment in a rural midwestern county. Accepted for publication in Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.

  3. Maguire-Jack, K., Chang, O.D., Adelgais, K., & Leonard, J. (2023). Neighborhood risks and child maltreatment investigations: A comparison across urban and rural contexts. International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy and Practice, 6, 595-611.

  4. Chang, Y., Yoon, S., Maguire-Jack, K., & Lee, J. (2023). Family-, school-, and neighborhood- level predictors of resilience for adolescents with a history of maltreatment. Children, 10(1), 1.

  5. Hong, S.H., Hardi, F., & Maguire-Jack, K. (2023). The moderating role of neighborhood social cohesion on the relationship between early mother-child attachment security and adolescent social skills: brief report. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 40(1), 277-287