Child and Family Advocacy: Bridging the Gaps Between Research, Practice, and Policy

June 25, 2013|
Child and Family Advocacy: Bridging the Gaps Between Research, Practice, and Policy by Anne Mcdonald Culp
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Current statistics on child abuse, neglect, poverty, and hunger shock the conscience-doubly so as societal structures set up to assist families are failing them. More than ever, the responsibility of the helping professions extends from aiding individuals and families to securing social justice for the larger community.

With this duty in clear sight, the contributors toChildandFamilyAdvocacyassert that advocacy is neither a dying art nor a lost cause but a vital platform for improving children's lives beyond the scope of clinical practice. This uniquely practical reference builds an ethical foundation that defines advocacy as a professional competency and identifies skills that clinicians and researchers can use in advocating at the local, state and federal levels. Models of the advocacy process coupled with first-person narratives demonstrate how professionals across disciplines can lobby for change.

Among the topics discussed:

  • Promoting children's mental health: collaboration and public understanding.
  • Health reform as a bridge to health equity.
  • Preventing child maltreatment: early intervention and public education
  • Changing juvenile justice practice and policy.
  • A multi-level framework for local policy development and implementation.
  • When evidence and values collide: preventing sexually transmitted infections.
  • Lessons from the legislative history of federal special
education law.

ChildandFamilyAdvocacyis an essential resource for researchers, professionals and graduate students in clinical child and school psychology, family studies, public health, developmental psychology, social work and social policy.

Anne McDonald Culp, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Child, Family and Community Sciences at the University of Central Florida. She has taught at three universities and conducted research as a principal investigator and co-investigator on several federally funded and state-funded grants, most of which evaluated early interventi...
Title:Child and Family Advocacy: Bridging the Gaps Between Research, Practice, and Policy
Product dimensions:304 pages, 9.25 X 6.1 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:304 pages, 9.25 X 6.1 X 1 in
Published:June 25, 2013
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781461474555

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