The aim of this review is to identify risk and protective factors for child maltreatment, a topic of great interest in developmental psychology. In line with explorative and preventive approach, the Scopus database was examined and particular attention was paid to the national and international articles published in the last 10 years. The results indicate the different definitions and new types of maltreatment, the medium and long term psychological consequences on victims as well as the protective factors and intervention programs that could be implemented to protect individuals at risk of maltreatment and abuse.
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