Integrating Early Child Development and Violence Prevention Programs

A Systematic Review

Yvette Efevbera, Dana C. McCoy, Alice Wuermli, Theresa S. Betancourt

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    Limited evidence describes promoting development and reducing violence in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), a missed opportunity to protect children and promote development and human capital. This study presents a systematic literature review of integrated early childhood development plus violence prevention (ECD+VP) interventions in LMICs. The search yielded 5,244 unique records, of which N = 6 studies met inclusion criteria. Interventions were in Chile, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mexico, Mozambique, and Turkey. Five interventions were parent education programs, including center-based sessions (n = 3) and home visiting (n = 2), while one intervention was a teacher education program. All but one study reported improvements in both child development and maltreatment outcomes. The dearth of evidence on ECD+VP interventions suggests additional research is needed. Integrated ECD+VP interventions may improve multiple child outcome domains while leveraging limited resources in LMICs.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)27-54
    Number of pages28
    JournalNew Directions for Child and Adolescent Development
    Volume2018
    Issue number159
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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    Mozambique
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    Jamaica
    Chile
    Child Abuse
    Turkey
    Mexico
    Economics
    Education
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    Keywords

    • child maltreatment
    • developing countries
    • early childhood development
    • prevention
    • systematic review

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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    Integrating Early Child Development and Violence Prevention Programs : A Systematic Review. / Efevbera, Yvette; McCoy, Dana C.; Wuermli, Alice; Betancourt, Theresa S.

    In: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, Vol. 2018, No. 159, 01.01.2018, p. 27-54.

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    Efevbera, Yvette ; McCoy, Dana C. ; Wuermli, Alice ; Betancourt, Theresa S. / Integrating Early Child Development and Violence Prevention Programs : A Systematic Review. In: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development. 2018 ; Vol. 2018, No. 159. pp. 27-54.
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