n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - The focus of prevention in child abuse research : the journal of Child Abuse Research in review

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



The focus of research on child abuse can be understood with respect to: the types of abuse which are targeted for prevention, the types of prevention efforts made, and/or the systems levels at which prevention efforts are directed. This paper briefly reviews literature on each of these three dimensions of prevention, before going on to explore how effectively these dimensions have been addressed in research articles published in the journal of Child Abuse Research: A South African Journal (CARSA). Study findings indicate that articles published in CARSA tend to be characterised by a broad prevention focus, with temporal shifts in the focus of prevention tending to reflect temporal shifts in the focus of prevention efforts which have taken place in the international literature in recent years. A number of specific prevention foci which have been less comprehensively addressed in CARSA are identified and discussed.

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