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NCJ Number: 228292 Find in a Library
Title: Progress Toward a Prevention Perspective
Journal: Future of Children  Volume:19  Issue:2  Dated:Fall 2009  Pages:19-38
Author(s): Matthew W. Stagner; Jiffy Lansing
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 20
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article outlines developments in the field of child maltreatment and proposes a new framework for preventing child abuse and neglect.
Abstract: Prevention efforts increasingly aim to strengthen the capacity of parents and communities to care for their children in ways that promote well-being. In a field ready to experiment more broadly and to learn more about the range of approaches to preventing maltreatment, new approaches increasingly appear to reflect the investment-prevention paradigm. They are focused on recognizing and strengthening protective factors, building social networks, maintaining awareness of family and community contexts, integrating professionals and natural helpers into the everyday lives of families. They are intensifying system approaches by stepping outside of traditional service roles and aspects of the child welfare system. In systematically testing such approaches, the field of child maltreatment prevention will have a greater impact on families by reducing the severe consequences of child maltreatment. This article sets forth a framework for prevention of child maltreatment and explores how child maltreatment policy has developed in its support of prevention. Research findings are reviewed on the consequences of child maltreatment, the risk factors for maltreatment, and the theoretical perspectives that connect causes to possible interventions. The article concludes by surveying some types of interventions that fit this developing framework on prevention. 80 endnotes
Main Term(s): Child abuse prevention
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child emotional abuse and neglect; Child victims; Community crime prevention programs; Crime prevention planning
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