Online Program

Child maltreatment research, policy and practice for the next decade: A report from the institute of medicine and national research council

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 10:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Desmond Runyan, DrPH, MD, MPH, Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO
Carol Hafford, Ph.D., NORC at the University of Chicago, Bethesda, MD
In 1993, the National Research Council (NRC) released the report, Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect, which highlighted child maltreatment as a devastating social problem in America. The report noted that abuse and neglect were the cause of thousands of child deaths each year, and research in the field of child maltreatment was relatively undeveloped. The services required for children who had been abused or neglected cost millions of dollars annually. To reduce the physical and emotional tolls of child maltreatment, the report called for a wide-ranging research program.

Nearly 20 years later, child maltreatment research has greatly expanded, however, many critical gaps in knowledge remain. In January 2012, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and NRC's Board on Children, Youth, and Families held a workshop to review the accomplishments of the past two decades of research related to child maltreatment, identify remaining gaps, and consider potential research priorities.

Following the 2012 workshop, the IOM-NRC Committee on Child Maltreatment Research, Policy and Practice for the Next Decade was appointed to conduct a full study that will culminate in an updated version of the 1993 NRC report. Similar to the earlier publication, the updated report resulting from this study will provide recommendations for allocating existing research funds and also suggest funding mechanisms and topic areas to which new resources could be allocated or enhanced resources could be redirected.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Program planning
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Discuss research that provides knowledge relevant to the programmatic, research, and policy fields. Identify research priorities for the next decade, including new areas of research that should be funded by public and private agencies and suggestions regarding fields that are no longer a priority for funding.

Keyword(s): Child Abuse, Child Neglect

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a principal research scientist at NORC at the University of Chicago where I lead studies on human services for vulnerable children, families, and elders. Previously, I conducted studies on evidence-based child neglect prevention, tribal family preservation, court-child welfare-community collaborations for infants and toddlers in foster care, independent living for emancipated youth, court reforms, tribal TANF and Indian child welfare coordination, and monitoring of state child welfare systems.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.