Public Health Approaches to Family Maltreatment Prevention: Resetting Family Psychology's Sights From the Home to the Community

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)518-528
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008



  • child maltreatment
  • community-based interventions
  • domestic violence
  • family violence
  • public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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