Understanding the Neighbourhood and Community Factors Associated with Child Maltreatment

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This chapter highlights how population-based studies are essential to inform the provision of universal and secondary prevention programs to reduce maltreatment. Prevention strategies based on a public health model should integrate an inequalities perspective that identifies the complex factors which contribute to the over-representation of child abuse and neglect in particular groups. This approach is exemplified through a summary of UK-based research that used child protection data in combination with population and economic data to detail major disparities in child maltreatment reflected in high rates of substantiated maltreatment in impoverished communities. The research both underlines the potential benefits of population level study and illustrates the complexities involved. These arguments are then linked to recent work, mainly undertaken in the USA, examining patterns of neighbourhood and community factors that are associated with different types of maltreatment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRe-Visioning Public Health Approaches for Protecting Children
EditorsBob Lonne, Deb Scott, Daryl Higgins, Todd I. Herrenkohl
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030058586
ISBN (Print)9783030058579
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2019

Publication series

NameChild Maltreatment: Contemporary Issues in Research and Policy
VolumeVolume 9
ISSN (Print)2211-9701
ISSN (Electronic)2211-971X


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