Preventing Child Maltreatment: Community Approaches
Author: Doriane Lambelet Coleman, Kenneth A. Dodge
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Release Date: December 09, 2009
Many child abuse prevention programs have targeted factors within the family, such as parenting skills. This book describes the next wave of prevention: the promotion of safer, healthier childrearing environments in entire communities. The contributors are leading authorities who illuminate how contextual factorsincluding poverty, chaotic neighborhoods, and lack of social supportscombine with family factors to place children at risk for maltreatment. They present a range of exemplary programs designed to strengthen communities while also helping individual parents to meet their children's needs. Real-world evaluation approaches, quality-control strategies, and policy implications are discussed in depth.