Prevention of Fatal Child Maltreatment: What Are We Doing That Is Working?

  • Emily M. Douglas


This chapter addresses the prevention of fatal child maltreatment. Most efforts in this arena have concerned the prevention of child abuse and neglect in general, because if one prevents this, then abuse or neglect-related deaths are also prevented. That said, there have been some efforts to educate parents or the general public about certain types of caregiving behaviors that might especially place a child at-risk for fatality, such as shaking a baby or leaving a child unattended in a vehicle. This chapter reviews the efficacy of these approaches and then discusses common child maltreatment-prevention programs—visiting home services and parenting education—and their application to fatal maltreatment.


Fatal child maltreatment Prevention of child maltreatment Child maltreatment public education campaigns Shaken baby syndrome Home visiting programs Parenting education 


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  • Emily M. Douglas
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  1. 1.Bridgewater State UniversityBridgewaterUSA

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