Research on Child Abuse and Neglect

PFSA is committed to presenting and sharing facts and information about child abuse. We commissioned our own first-of-its-kind statewide research about child abuse attitudes and awareness. We also share research on trends affecting children and families.

PFSA Research

Taking the lead in educating citizens about child maltreatment, 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

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. 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:

  • 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

The Cost of Child Abuse

The Cost of Child Abuse is a "dollars and cents" look at what child abuse costs Pennsylvania each year.

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National Research and Trends

PFSA pays close attention to statewide and national research on child abuse and prevention, family support initiatives and community response to child maltreatment. A few studies of note:

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