Potential lessons from public health and health promotion for the prevention of child abuse

Joanne B. Martin, Lawrence W. Green, Andrea Carlson Gielen

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Abstract

Two successful public health efforts of the last third of the twentieth century-tobacco control and automobile injury control-are reviewed for relevance to the problem of child abuse. Potential lessons for child abuse prevention are identified and the following approaches are suggested: Investigate varied logic models or conceptual frameworks to identify new opportunities for effective intervention. Use a multidisciplinary, multi-sector approach. Normalize desired behaviors and denormalize undesirable behaviors. Balance efficacy, feasibility, and cultural appropriateness. Develop strategies for effective policy advocacy based upon who benefits and who shoulders most of the burden.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-222
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community
Volume34
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 23 2007

Keywords

  • Automobile injury control
  • Child abuse
  • Health promotion
  • Public health campaigns
  • Tobacco control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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