What kind of research is needed?
In 1993, the National Academy of Sciences assembled a panel of experts from a number of related fields to offer guidance about how current and future research resources should be directed. This Research Council recommended the following types of research:
- longitudinal and developmental, examining the impact of the timing, duration, severity, and the nature of maltreatment over the child's life course
- collaborative, bringing together diverse perspectives on the problem
- ecological, examining the way individual, family, and community factors interact in the causes and consequences of child maltreatment
- comprehensive, clarifying the outcomes of specific and combined types of maltreatment
- evaluative, comparing the effectiveness of existing child protection and child welfare systems
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