A Cycles-Breaking Framework to Disrupt Intergenerational Patterns of Maltreatment and Vulnerability During the Childbearing Year

Mickey Sperlich, Julia Seng, Heather Rowe, Jane Fisher, Chris Cuthbert, Julie Taylor

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We propose a cycles-breaking conceptual framework to guide perinatal research, interventions, and clinical innovations that can prevent or disrupt intergenerational cycles of childhood maltreatment and psychiatric vulnerability. The framework is grounded in literature, clinical observations, team science collaboration, and empirical research from numerous disciplines and is specific to the childbearing year. Adoption of the framework has the potential to speed the progress of research on the social problems of intergenerational childhood maltreatment and psychiatric vulnerability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-389
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Obstetric Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


  • child maltreatment
  • conceptual framework
  • perinatal mental health
  • posttraumatic stress disorder
  • team science
  • transdisciplinary theory

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