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NCJ Number: 149342 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluating a Community Intervention to Reduce the Risk of Child Abuse: Methodological Strategies in Conducting Neighborhood Surveys
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:18  Issue:5  Dated:(May 1994)  Pages:473- 485
Author(s): F Earls; J McGuire; S Shay
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 13
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reports on the methodology and results of the survey segment of an evaluation of a community program designed to reduce the risk of child abuse.
Abstract: Building on the ecological approach to child abuse, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect is supporting a number of community-based prevention initiatives. One such program, based in Boston, is designed to build a caring community in which families can be empowered to break patterns of abusive and neglectful behavior. Independent evaluation is central to the program. A multilevel strategy has been designed, incorporating information from census and other databases, from random household surveys, and from families participating directly in services provided. This article reports on the second level of the evaluation, which assessed community social support, attitudes about parenting, perceptions of the neighborhood, and ways in which these may relate to child abuse. Perceptions of the extent of danger and disorganization in the neighborhood were significantly related to a sense of attachment to the community and to disciplinary strategies. Parents who perceived more danger were stricter. They also tended to be born locally rather than being immigrants. Place of birth was associated with variation in parenting styles, suggesting that patterns of in- and out-migration are important variables in planning and executing a community- based child abuse prevention program. 1 figure, 5 tables, and 32 references
Main Term(s): Community crime prevention programs
Index Term(s): Child abuse prevention; Juvenile victims; Statistics; Survey texts
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