Did You Know: December

Child Maltreatment Prevention
By: Kimberly Burkhart, PhD

Child maltreatment is a serious public health problem characterized by physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and/or child neglect. In 2010, Child Protective Services received 3.3 million reports of child maltreatment, which resulted in 695,000 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect and 1,560 deaths. The United States’ economic burden resulting from child maltreatment cases is approximately 124 billion dollars due to death and associated long-term health, behavior and psychological problems (e.g., death, suicide, depression, aggression, anxiety, substance abuse, posttraumatic stress disorder, lung disease, heart disease, liver disease and physical injury). The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is devoting resources to identify effective parenting programs to prevent and reduce child maltreatment. Such programs under investigation include the ACT Raising Safe Kids Program (ACT- RSK), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Positive Parenting Program (Triple-P), and SafeCare training program. For more information on child maltreatment prevention and intervention please refer to the CDC.