Synopses & Reviews
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.
About the Author
Kenneth A. Dodge, PhD, is the William McDougall Professor of Public Policy Studies and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, where he is also Director of the Center for Child and Family Policy. He has been honored with the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association and the Senior Scientist Award from the National Institutes of Health.
Doriane Lambelet Coleman, JD, is Professor of Law at Duke University, where she teaches courses and seminars on children and the law, among other topics. Her scholarship focuses on the impact of culture on the ways in which women and children are treated in the law. Her most recent work is concerned with child maltreatment in immigrant families and the legal ethics of pediatric research.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Community-Based Prevention of Child Maltreatment, Kenneth A. Dodge and Doriane Lambelet Coleman
I. The Scientific Basis for the Community Prevention of Child Maltreatment
1. The History of Science and Child Abuse Prevention: A Reciprocal Relationship, Deborah Daro
II. Community Efforts to Prevent Child Maltreatment
2. Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect with Home Visiting by Nurses, David L. Olds, John Eckenrode, Charles Henderson, Harriet Kitzman, Robert Cole, Dennis Luckey, John Holmberg, and Pilar Baca
3. Toward a Population-Based Paradigm for Parenting Intervention, Prevention of Child Maltreatment, and Promotion of Child Well-Being, Ronald J. Prinz
4. Community-Level Prevention of Child Maltreatment: The Durham Family Initiative, Kenneth A. Dodge, Robert Murphy, Karen ODonnell, and Christina Christopoulos
5. How Strong Communities Restored My Faith in Humanity: Children Can Live in Safety, Gary B. Melton
6. The Period of PURPLE Crying: Keeping Babies Safe in North Carolina, Desmond Runyan and Adam Zolotor
III. Policy and Practice Issues
7. Quality Improvement in Child Abuse Prevention Programs, Robert T. Ammerman, Frank W. Putnam, Peter A. Margolis, and Judith B. Van Ginkel
8. Differential Response, Jane Waldfogel
9. Innovations in Child Maltreatment Prevention: Resolving the Tension between Effective Assistance and Violations of Privacy, Doriane Lambelet Coleman
10. Healing in the Place of Last Resort: The Role of the Dependency Court within Community-Based Efforts to Prevent Child Maltreatment, Cindy S. Lederman
11. Preventing Maltreatment or Promoting Positive DevelopmentWhere Should a Community Focus Its Resources?: A Policy Perspective, Michael S. Wald