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Healthy Families America Reduces Child Maltreatment

NCJ Number
240988
Date Published
2002
Length
1 page
Annotation
This fact sheet from Healthy Families America highlights findings from 18 studies conducted in 11 States over the past decade.
Abstract
This fact sheet from Health Families American highlights findings from 18 studies conducted in 11 States over the past decade on ability of Healthy Families American programs to reduce child maltreatment. Highlights from the studies include the following: in Arizona, only 3.3 percent of program participants had substantiated reports of abuse compared to 8.5 percent of the control group; in Georgia, program parents were significantly less at risk for abuse compared to parents who did not receive prevention services; over a 3-year period in New Jersey, only 3.4 percent of program participants had substantiated reports of abuse or neglect; in Iowa, 93.8 percent of families had no reports of child maltreatment; in Maryland, after 4 years of program operation, only 2 out of 254 families in the program had substantiated reports of abuse or neglect; and in Oregon, the incidence rate of child abuse was lower for participating families compared to families not receiving services. The highlights also include the results of multiple studies in Florida, Hawaii, and Virginia.