"Reports of child abuse have quadrupled since we passed the first national child abuse law in 1974. In this volume, an interdisciplinary group of outstanding scholars demonstrates that our lack of progress in curbing child abuse is due to not properly conceptualizing this saddest of all social problems. This brilliant and convincing work makes clear that we must move from the simplistic view that the primary cause of abuse is misbehaving or pathological parents to an ecological model in which families receive appropriate attention from community support networks." - Edward Zigler, Sterling Professor of Psychology Emeritus and Director Emeritus, Edward Zigler Center for Child Development and Social Policy, Yale University, Connecticut, USA
"The most comprehensive and balanced volume on the topic to date. In addition to detailed information on several of the best-known community-wide prevention approaches, this book examines the history of prevention efforts, the limitations of traditional child protection programs, and the need for more comprehensive models. It is superb as a handbook on community prevention for experts, an introduction to the subject for students, and a source of ideas for child support professionals. Seldom does a single volume contain such breadth and depth of information about a new and developing area in social science." - Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Senior Consultant, Annie E. Casey Foundation, USA
"This state-of-the-art volume brings together in one place the conceptual issues, empirical research, and policy analyses relevant to involving communities in child maltreatment prevention. The book provides an excellent overview of established prevention approaches, such as home visiting by nurses, as well as new and promising community-level interventions. It examines some hot topics in child welfare service delivery, including differential response and quality improvement systems, along with such thorny issues as the tension between preventing maltreatment versus promoting positive child development. An invaluable resource for practitioners, advocates, students, policymakers, and researchers interested in the best thinking about efforts to keep children safe." - Mark E. Courtney, Executive Director, Partners for Our Children; Ballmer Endowed Chair for Child Well-Being, School of Social Work, University of Washington, USA
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.