NEW LANDMARK RESEARCH STUDY FINDS MISPERCEPTIONS AND CONFUSION ABOUT CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT.

As recently as 2012, about 10 of every 1,000 children in Pennsylvania were reported as being victims of suspected physical, mental and sexual abuse. That same year, 33 children died at the hands of their abusers.

Yet recent landmark research found that only 17% of people living within the state think child abuse is a serious problem. Many more don’t even think it’s a problem in their communities.

Taking the lead in educating citizens about child maltreatment,
the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA) has invested in
a first-of-its-kind research study to examine prevailing attitudes and
social norms in order to identify actionable ways that misconceptions
can be corrected and children can be protected from abuse.

Childhood at Risk: An Exploration of Perceptions and Attitudes Regarding Child Abuse, is based on a series of statewide consumer focus groups and a substantive statewide consumer survey.

THE WHITE PAPER ON THIS GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH CAN HELP ENLIGHTEN ALL ON PUBLIC MINDSETS ABOUT CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT.

Conducted over several months in 2013, the study is a
combined effort of PFSA and The Center for Opinion Research
at Franklin & Marshall College.

Key Themes Explored Include:

  • Key drivers to people’s attitudes toward abuse and neglect
  • Barriers to taking action when abuse or neglect is suspected
  • How citizens react to messages about abuse
  • Whose responsibility is it to protect children from abuse

To receive a free copy of the White Paper, CLICK HERE and provide the information requested. Members of the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance team are also available to provide in-depth presentations of the report in person, or via webinar. To schedule a presentation or for additional information, contact Angela Liddle, Executive Director, at aliddle@pa-fsa.org.