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Innovations in the field of child abuse and neglect prevention: A review of the literature

Benedetti, G. – 2012

A discussion of emerging trends and innovations in the field of child maltreatment prevention. The following trends are described: how advances in neuroscience highlight the negative impact of poor parenting and stress on a child’s developing brain; how social context and culture can protect children and strengthen parents, acting as a buffer against risk factors (including substance abuse); promising developments in community prevention strategies; increased federal-level support of evidence-based programs; increased focus on new parents and young children (including addressing substance use during pregnancy); improvements in prevention program implementation and service delivery; improved inter-agency and community-based collaboration; and how technological advances can improve child maltreatment prevention efforts.