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NCJ Number: 228293 Find in a Library
Title: Epidemiological Perspectives on Maltreatment Prevention
Journal: Future of Children  Volume:19  Issue:2  Dated:Fall 2009  Pages:39-66
Author(s): Fred Wulczyn
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 28
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper's objective is to show how data on the incidence and distribution of maltreatment might be utilized to strengthen prevention programs in the face of challenges.
Abstract: Available data on the incidence and distribution of maltreatment points to persistent themes that might be used to target intervention programs. The data is clear with respect to developmental influences, and clear that different communities experience different rates of maltreatment. Prevention programs offer a chance to minimize the effects of maltreatment on the developing child. This paper explores how data on the incidence and distribution of child maltreatment shed light on planning and implementing maltreatment prevention programs. The author begins by describing and differentiating among the three primary sources of national data on maltreatment, and continues by pointing out several important patterns in the data. The need for effective preventive programs is clear. The question is where to invest, on whose behalf, and when in the life cycle. 5 figures and 81 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; Data analysis
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