Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 18, Issue 6, pp 377-386

First online:

Project SafeCare: Improving Health, Safety, and Parenting Skills in Families Reported for, and At-Risk for Child Maltreatment

  • Ronit M. Gershater-MolkoAffiliated withDepartment of Human Development and Family Life, University of Kansas
  • , John R. LutzkerAffiliated withDepartment of Human Development and Family Life, University of Kansas Email author 
  • , David WeschAffiliated withBehavioral Ecology Consulting

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Project SafeCare was a 4-year, in-home, research and intervention program that provided parent training to families of children at-risk for maltreatment, and families of children who were victims of maltreatment. Parents were trained in treating children's illnesses and maximizing their own health-care skills (Health), positive and effective parent–child interaction skills (Parenting), and maintaining low hazard homes (Safety). The effectiveness of these training components was evaluated as the change in the parents' scores on roleplay situations for child health problems, hazards present in the home, and the frequency and quality of parent–child interactions during activities of daily living. Statistically significant improvements were seen in child health care, home safety, and parent–child interactions.

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