Child maltreatment research: Federal support and policy issues

Ross A. Thompson, Brian L. Wilcox

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The recent history of federal support for child maltreatment research paints a mixed picture of inadequate funding and uncertain administrative guidance against a backdrop of growing public concern about the prevalence of child abuse and neglect. This article describes some of the problems that have been identified in federal research funding, administration, and support of research initiatives and training concerning child abuse and neglect. Remedies for these difficulties are outlined, priorities for new research in this area are identified, and ways in which to rejuvenate the federal government's role in this area, in league with a concerted commitment to policy-relevant research by behavioral scientists, are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)789-793
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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