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ERIC Number: ED508647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Child Abuse Prevention: A Job Half Done. Chapin Hall Issue Brief
Daro, Deborah
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
This brief discusses the findings of the Fourth Federal National Incidence Study on Child Maltreatment (NIS 4), which reports a significant reduction in the overall rate of child maltreatment since the 1993 NIS. The study reflects substantial drops in the rates of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and emotional abuse. However, no significant changes were documented in the rate of child neglect, a more chronic and pervasive form of child maltreatment--and the one that is most frequently documented among children in the child welfare system. Nonetheless, the study shows a meaningful drop in the rate of violence towards children--a drop that may be attributable to the implementation of comprehensive prevention strategies, high-quality clinical interventions, and aggressive prosecution of the most serious offenders. The author argues that, though these findings are encouraging, there is more work to be done.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago