ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED APRIL 1, 2010 , UPDATED APRIL 1, 2018
While the establishment of a certain degree of public horror relative to the issue of child abuse and neglect was probably necessary in the early years to create public awareness of the issue, the resulting conceptual model adopted by the public has almost certainly become one of the largest barriers to advancing the issue further in terms of individual behavior change, societal solutions and policy priorities.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED APRIL 1, 2010:
· Our essay on how to really prevent child abuse: take a social justice approach instead of a public health approach.
Poverty increases the stress that can lead to actual abuse and, as noted above, poverty itself often is confused with "neglect." This can be seen by the fact that the simple act of raising the minimum wage $1 an hour cuts "neglect" by ten percent.