Child abuse and neglect is a widespread and on going problem in today’s world. Preventing child abuse is vital in keeping the next generation and future generations from repeating previous childhood lifestyles. Being a current resident in Florida, the presence of child abuse and neglect is unfortunately high. This is not only concerning for the state of Florida, but also for the rest of the world. There needs to be more awareness about this topic and through implementation of various research the world is slowly but surely coming to recognize which is the best method to prevent child abuse and neglect. Research on techniques and strategies for preventing child abuse is important because we want the adults of the future to be as educated as possible when it comes to this topic.
Lanier, Kohl, and Benz (2012) worked on a study in attempt to prevent maltreatment of children through parent-child interaction therapy. In this study, families with a history of maltreatment of children and with no history of maltreatment of children were both examined. Clinical case records and child welfare records were used to discover the families to be brought into therapy. A majority of the families only participated in one parent-child interaction therapy session. Out of the 120 families who were involved in parent-child interaction therapy sessions, only 15 of them were said to have a parent who participated in the abuse and/or neglect of a child after just one session. And only 10 of the 27 families with previously reported parent perpetration had submitted another one. The average submission of the abuse and neglect reports was filed a whopping 17 months after the first parent-child interaction therapy session. Thirty-seven of the 120 families did complete all of the parent-child interaction therapy sessions either at home or at the business. Regardless of the location the sessions were held, both showed an improvement in mental health and a reduction in parent’s stress levels, therefore reducing the amount of child abuse and neglect.
Falconer, Clark, and Paris (2010) evaluated a research program used to prevent child abuse and neglect; their article is called Validity in an evaluation of Healthy Families Florida. Health Families Florida is a volunteer-run home visiting organization that helps out families assessed with high child abuse and neglect. The subjects of this experiment were split up into three groups: the completers group, the high fidelity group, and the low dosage service group. The completers group consists of kids who finished the Health Families Florida program in December 31, 2003. The completers group is also known as the control group compared to the other groups. The high fidelity group is the group who is receiving more treatments and therapy sessions than provided by the program. The high fidelity group is then compared to the low dosage group in which treatments were shortened to just three months of...