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Attitudes toward Child Abuse Preventions

Melinda F. Davis, William N. Marshall Jr. and Ellen Price
Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science
Vol. 34, No. 2 (2002), pp. 112-119
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40022783
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Attitudes toward Child Abuse Preventions
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Abstract

Attitudes towards contemporary strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect were surveyed among a convenience sample of 191 health care workers and 38 others attending conferences about child maltreatment. These strategies included services to parents (home visits, drop-in day care, increased welfare payments, mental health), served to children (education about child abuse, mental health), services for child welfare professionals (education, increased staffing), and increased legal avenues (stricter laws, increased avenues for child custody, mandatory child protective services [CPS] reporting). All prevention strategies were supported except for increased welfare payments, strict laws and punishment for abusive parents, and more readily available legal ways of severance. Gender and occupation were small but significant predictors of the effectiveness of prevention strategies. Males and physicians rated the strategies as less effective than other groups. Confirmatory factor analysis was used to examine the structure of attitudes towards the 13 prevention strategies. The best fit was provided by a correlated three-factor solution (education, services, and legal remedies).

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