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

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 to Child and Family Advocacy assert 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.

Child and Family Advocacy is 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493915736
Publisher: Springer New York
Publication date: 07/23/2014
Series: Issues in Clinical Child Psychology
Edition description: 2013
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,073,319
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

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 intervention effects with young mothers and their infants and studied children and families of Head Start programs. She is past President of Division 37 of the American Psychological Association and has been a lifetime advocate for children and families.

Table of Contents

Preface.- Section I – Introduction.- 1. The Well-Being of Children in the United States: Evidence for a Call for Action.- 2. Advocating For Children, Youth and Families in the Policy Making Process.- Section II – Selected Child Issues in Need of Advocacy Effort.- 3. Promoting Children’s Mental Health: The Importance of Collaboration and Public Understanding.- 4. Health Reform: A Bridge to Health Equity.- 5. Child Maltreatment Prevention.- 6. Strategies for Ending Homelessness among Children and Families.- 7. Lessons Learned about the Impact of Disasters on Children and Families and Post-Disaster Recovery.- 8. Early Childhood Education and Care: Legislative and Advocacy Efforts.- 9. Education Reform Strategies for Student Self-Regulation and Community Engagement.- 10. Media Violence and Children: Applying Research to Advocacy.- 11. Changing Juvenile Justice Practice & Policy: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Louisiana.- 12. Advocacy for Child Welfare Reform.- 13. American Indian/Alaska Native Children and Families.- Section III. Illustrations of Advocacy Practices.- 14. A Multi-level Framework for Local Policy Development and Implementation.- 15. When Evidence and Values Collide: Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections.- 16. Lessons from the Legislative History of Federal Special Education Law: A Vignette for Advocates.- 17. The Promise of Family Engagement: An Action Plan for System-l

evel Policy and Advocacy.- Section IV. History of Division 37.- 18. The Evolving Legacy of the American Psychological Association’s Division 37: Bridging Research, Practice, and Policy to Benefit Children and Families History of Society for Child and Family Policy & Practice.

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