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Child Maltreatment and Disaster Prevention: A Qualitative Study of Community Agency Perspectives

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dc.contributor.author Self-Brown, S., Anderson, P., Edwards, S., & McGill, T.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-11-10T18:14:35Z
dc.date.available 2014-11-10T18:14:35Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation Self-Brown, S., Anderson, P., Edwards, S., & McGill, T. (2013). Child maltreatment and disaster prevention: A qualitative study of community agency perspectives. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 14(4), 401-407. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3756707/pdf/wjem-14-402.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/1787
dc.description.abstract Child maltreatment (CM) is a significant public health problem that increases following natural disasters. Ecological approaches have been used to study these complex phenomena, and the current research fits within this perspective by conducting qualitative interviews with disaster response and family-serving community agencies. The purpose of the study was to identify whether or not community agencies identified CM as an issue that is relevant for disaster planning and response and their perspectives on risk and protective factors for CM risk following disaster. Methods: Agencies (n=16) from 2 geographical areas participated - one that recently experienced a natural disaster (Louisiana (LA), n=7) and one that had not (Georgia (GA), n=9). Agency representatives completed semi-structured telephone interviews (n=16) and follow up in person focus groups (n=14). Theory-driven, thematic analyses were completed. Results: Results suggested that community agencies agree that post-disaster environments increase the risk for CM and that CM prevention has a role in disaster response planning. Risk and protective factors were identified according to Bronfenbrenner’ s ecological framework. Conclusion: Study results support the need to include CM prevention efforts within disaster planning and provide guidance for future research to inform such efforts. (Author Abstract en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Western Journal of Emergency Medicine en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject ecological model en_US
dc.subject disaster response en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.title Child Maltreatment and Disaster Prevention: A Qualitative Study of Community Agency Perspectives en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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