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NCJ Number: 149205 Find in a Library
Title: Research Policy and Child Maltreatment: Developing the Scientific Foundation for Effective Protection of Children
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:18, Supplement 1  Dated:(1994)  Pages:1- 28
Author(s): G B Melton; M F Flood
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 28
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article addresses the state of knowledge about child abuse and neglect and examines research and policy issues related to child protective services.
Abstract: Although knowledge about child abuse and neglect is seriously lacking, some advances have occurred. Considerable information has been obtained on behavioral consequences of child maltreatment, and there is substantial evidence of a strong link between poverty and child abuse. Further, more is now known about children's skills as witnesses in court, and the effectiveness of home visitor programs in preventing child maltreatment has been demonstrated. Nonetheless, intervention research has been marked by the lack of a systematic approach to changing child protective policies. Federal and State roles and the role of private and community foundations in generating and appllying knowledge about child abuse and neglect are discussed. The authors look at Federal support for child maltreatment research, structural and technical issues in such research, and the need to formulate a new national strategy on child protection. 75 references
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse prevention; Child abuse situation remedies; Child protection services; Juvenile dependency and neglect; Juvenile witnesses; Juveniles
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