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Title: Impact of a Media Campaign on Public Action to Help Maltreated Children in Addictive Families
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:19  Issue:8  Dated:(August 1995)  Pages:921-932
Author(s): A B Andrews; D G McLeese; S Curran
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20201
Grant Number: 90-CP-0095
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article evaluates the effectiveness of a multimedia campaign to increase public awareness of abused and neglected children.
Abstract: Developed because of the need to promote public understanding of the link between addictions and child maltreatment, a multimedia campaign helped to increase by 62 percent the average monthly number of people who called a telephone service for information about how to aid abused and neglected children. The campaign was supported by market research and professional experience that indicated the campaign should focus on easy action a citizen could take, avoid inducing fear or blame, and target third-party helpers and younger families at risk. Campaign exposure was promoted through the support of corporate partners. A random household survey found that 61 percent of the general population had seen or heard the campaign slogan. The average monthly calls to the child maltreatment information service regarding alcohol and other drug abuse tripled and the requests regarding at-risk children almost doubled. An auxiliary project provided interprofessional education to increase the probability that people seeking help would get it when referrals were made. The project highlighted several areas of importance for future public awareness campaigns: (1) Focus on helping action rather than the problem; (2) Use client-based market research; (3) Have a strategic plan to assure necessary exposure; (4) Rely on public-private-nonprofit sector partnerships; (5) Prepare the service system; and (6) Promote personal ways of helping. Table, figures, references, appendix
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Abused children; Abusing parents; Children at risk; Children of alcoholics; Children of drug abusers; Community involvement; Media support; Private sector civic involvement; Public education; South Carolina; Victims of Crime
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