Public health approaches to family maltreatment prevention: Resetting family psychology's sights from the home to the community

Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University, NY 11794-2500, USA.
Journal of Family Psychology (Impact Factor: 1.89). 09/2008; 22(4):518-28. DOI: 10.1037/0893-3200.22.3.518
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT The authors review recent trends within the family maltreatment research field toward a public health approach, discuss the rationale for community-level interventions for family maltreatment, and sketch the history and development of community-level prevention approaches. Next, to illustrate the both the logistic and the scientific challenges of such work, the authors discuss the development and testing of an empirically guided, research-community partnership for the prevention of family maltreatment, the United States Air Force's NORTH STAR initiative (New Orientation to Reduce Threats to Health From Secretive Problems That Affect Readiness). Finally, recommendations are made for effective and disseminable family maltreatment prevention interventions.