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 firstname.lastname@example.org.