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NCJ Number: 228296 Find in a Library
Title: Role of Home-Visiting Programs in Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
Journal: Future of Children  Volume:19  Issue:2  Dated:Fall 2009  Pages:119-146
Author(s): Kimberly S. Howard; Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 28
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines home visiting programs as a strategy in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
Abstract: Researchers, overall, have found little evidence that home-visiting programs directly prevent child abuse and neglect. However, home visits can impart positive benefits to families by way of influencing maternal parenting practices, the quality of the child's home environment, and children's development. The programs were also reported to provide the most benefits to low-income, first-time adolescent mothers. Home visiting is a method of service delivery and come in many shapes and sizes. Home visiting is an increasingly popular method for delivering services for high-risk families. Providing services within the context of the family's home appears to be a useful and effective strategy. This article looks closely at evaluation of nine home-visiting programs and examines outcomes related to parenting and child well-being, including abuse and neglect. 2 tables and 122 endnotes
Main Term(s): Child abuse prevention
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child emotional abuse and neglect; Child victims; Child welfare; Children at risk; Crime prevention measures; Crime prevention planning
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