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ERIC Number: EJ1188853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 51
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2155-5834
The Prevention of Child Physical Abuse and Neglect: An Update
Nelson, Geoffrey; Caplan, Rachel
Journal of Applied Research on Children, v5 n1 Article 3 2014
We reviewed research that has evaluated prevention programs for child abuse and neglect. A few universal educational and parenting programs (e.g., abusive head trauma educational programs, enhanced pediatric care interventions) have been found to be effective. Moreover, a few selective home visitation programs (e.g., the Nurse-Family Partnership program), have shown evidence that they can prevent child abuse and neglect. As well, there is some evidence that multi-component programs are successful. Finally, the research on the importance of program length and intensity as a moderator of program effectiveness is mixed. While the evidence base of effective prevention programs for child abuse and neglect is growing, current interventions are more likely to be program-focused than policy-focused, selective than universal, ameliorative than transformative, and directed at the micro-level than the macro-level. Unless prevention programs are accompanied by social policies that have an agenda of social justice, poverty reduction, and community capacity-building, their potential to prevent child abuse will be seriously challenged.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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