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Community Coalitions for the prevention and articulated responded to Child & Youth Abuse and Neglect: A multi-method study

Community Coalitions for the prevention and articulated responded to Child & Youth Abuse and Neglect: A multi-method study by  Vargas-Moniz; M.J.; Morgado, J.; Ornelas, J.; Louro,J.; Empis, L. University Institute for Applied Psychology – Lisboa, Portugal

Community Coalitions for the prevention and articulated responded to Child & Youth Abuse and Neglect: A multi-method study

Vargas-Moniz; M.J.; Morgado, J.; Ornelas, J.; Louro,J.; Empis, L. University Institute for Applied Psychology – Lisboa, Portugal

Coalitions are privileged endeavors to activate social resources and address problems that a single organization, service or group cannot autonomously solve or overcome. With this proposal we aim to present a multi-method study to explore tensions and complementarities of preventive efforts and the search for articulated response to child abuse and neglect.  Key-Informant Interviews (N=33), were conducted in Portugal to presidents of local Commissions for the Protection of Children & Youth, probing to understand their priorities, the perceived levels of goal attainment, to document successful collaborative efforts, and identify preventive and articulated response at the community level.

Results indicate that though these coalitions are created by Law ( 147/99, Sept 1st), which provides a common set of procedures and aims, creates a pattern for organizational, procedural and result analysis, the achievements and actions have a high degree of variance determined by the location of the commissions (Urban/ Rural), by the length of time of operation, and perceived characteristics of leaders (members involvement/ conflict management).

We also concluded that when preventive efforts are implemented it is reported to be rather difficult to document or evaluate them, and the articulated response efforts aimed at concrete situations of child abuse and neglect, not only tend to be the main focus of these coalitions, but are often a deterrent factor of broader preventive or empowering efforts for children and youth.

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Vargas-Moniz; M.J.; Morgado, J.; Ornelas, J.; Louro,J.; Empis, L. University Institute for Applied Psychology – Lisboa, Portugal Vargas-Moniz; M.J.; Morgado, J.; Ornelas, J.; Louro,J.; Empis, L. University Institute for Applied Psychology – Lisboa, Portugal

Vargas-Moniz; M.J.; Morgado, J.; Ornelas, J.; Louro,J.; Empis, L. University Institute for Applied Psychology – Lisboa, Portugal


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