Child Maltreatment: Selected Publications
- Child Maltreatment: Facts at a Glance
This fact sheet provides up-to-date data and statistics on child maltreatment.
- Child Maltreatment Surveillance: Uniform Definitions for Public Health and Recommended Data Elements
The purpose of the child maltreatment uniform definitions and recommended data elements is to present a definition of child maltreatment, its associated terms, and recommended data elements for voluntary use by individuals and organizations in the public health community. The definitions and data elements are intended to promote and improve consistency of child maltreatment surveillance for public health practices. It is designed to be used by state and local health department staff to assist in and provide a framework for the collection of public health surveillance data on child maltreatment.
- The Effects of Childhood Stress on Health Across the Lifespan
This document summarizes the available research on childhood stress and its long-term consequences. The publication is meant to provide practitioners, especially those working in violence prevention, with ideas about how to incorporate this important information into their work.
- First Reports Evaluating the Effectiveness of Strategies for Preventing Violence: Early Childhood Home Visitation
The Task Force on Community Preventive Services, an independent nonfederal task force, conducted a systematic review of scientific evidence regarding the effectiveness of home visiting programs in preventing violence. This report summarizes the findings and recommendations.
- Parent Training Programs: Insight for Practitioners
Parent training programs are widely used to improve parenting practices and prevent child maltreatment. Although many programs have been evaluated for their effectiveness, the various components of the programs have rarely been examined. CDC behavioral scientists recently conducted a meta-analysis of the current research literature on parent training programs to identify components associated with more effective and less effective programs. Parent Training Programs: Insight for Practitioners summarizes the findings of this meta-analysis and provides practitioners who work with parents and families guidance in making evidence-based program decisions to improve parenting skills and prevent child maltreatment.
- Preventing Child Maltreatment: Program Activities Guide
This document describes CDC's public health activities and research to prevent child abuse and neglect. The guide outlines four categories of activities which are key to CDC's prevention work: monitoring and researching the problem, developing and evaluating prevention strategies, supporting and enhancing prevention programs, and encouraging research and development.
- Preventing Child Maltreatment Through the Promotion of Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships Between Children and Caregivers [PDF 164KB]
This document describes a five-year vision for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s work in child maltreatment (CM) prevention. The overall strategy in preventing CM is to promote safe, stable, and nurturing relationships between children and their caregivers.
- Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-serving Organizations: Getting Started on Policies and Procedures
This guide assists youth-serving organizations as they begin to adopt prevention strategies for child sexual abuse. It identifies six key components of child sexual abuse prevention for organizations including (1) screening and selecting employees and volunteers; (2) guidelines on interactions between individuals; (3) monitoring behavior; (4) ensuring safe environments; (5) responding to inappropriate behavior, breaches in policy, and allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse; and (6) training in child sexual abuse prevention.
- Promoting Healthy Parenting Practices Across Cultural Groups: A CDC Research Brief
summarizes findings from a CDC study on cultural values and parenting and child rearing. The study focused on five cultural groups—African-Americans, American Indians, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and non-Hispanic Whites. It examined the ways that parents respond to children’s behavior and their views of desirable or undesirable parenting practices. Uncovering the differences and commonalities in values, normative practices, and child-rearing goals across cultural groups is an important step in developing culturally-competent and effective programs and support for parents of all cultural backgrounds.
- Promoting Safe, Stable and Nurturing Relationships: A Strategic Direction for Child Maltreatment Prevention [PDF 110KB]
This one pager summarizes a five-year vision for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s work in child maltreatment (CM) prevention. The overall strategy in preventing CM is to promote safe, stable, and nurturing relationships between children and their caregivers.
- Therapeutic Foster Care for the Prevention of Violence
The Task Force on Community Preventive Services, an independent nonfederal task force, conducted a systematic review of scientific evidence regarding the effectiveness of therapeutic foster care in preventing violence. This report summarizes the findings and recommendations.
- Understanding Child Maltreatment Fact Sheet [PDF 87KB]
This 2-page fact sheet provides basic information on child abuse and neglect. It is intended for the general public.