Preventing child maltreatment: community approaches

DODGE Kenneth A., COLEMAN Doriane Lambelet, (eds.)
Guilford Press
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Place of publication:
New York

This book acknowledges how contextual factors such as poverty, unstable neighbourhoods and lack of social supports combine with family factors to increase the likelihood of child abuse. It also details the promotion of safer, healthier child-rearing environments in whole communities as a key part of child abuse prevention programs aimed at early intervention for children and families at risk. The contributors are largely interdisciplinary scholars, who attended a national conference in 2007 who detail the scientific rationale and empirical research promoting community based prevention, but throughout the text emphasis is on how such developmentalists can partner with practitioners and policymakers to introduce community support networks which can help families and children. Several case studies from the United States such as home visiting by nurses, the Durham Family Initiative, the Strong Communities program, and the Purple Crying community educational campaign about shaken baby syndrome are presented as examples of contemporary evidence-based practices all of which were systematically implemented, evaluated and quality controlled and as such, say the editors, represent good practice. Cross-cutting policy and practice issues such as the legal tension between protecting children and respecting family privacy are highlighted. A ‘state of-the-science-and-practice’ treatise on community approaches to the prevention of child maltreatment is presented.

Subject terms:
prevention, child abuse, child neglect, communities, families;
Content type:
practice example
United States
Series name:
(Duke Series in Child Development and Public Policy)
ISBN print:
978 1 59385 973 2

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