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In terms of indirect effects of child maltreatment, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), posed the question of whether, and how, childhood experiences affect adult health decades later. The study included 17,421 adults at Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Preventive Medicine in San Diego, CA and the findings show the important relationship between emotional experiences as children and physical and mental health as adults.

This article researches and provides a cost-benefit analysis on the costs of child abuse vs. child abuse prevention. Conducted by the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund, the costs of providing prevention services to all first-time parents in the State were compared to those of funds expended for child abuse/neglect treatment. Given the high cost of treatment and the relatively lower cost of prevention, it was concluded that “investments in prevention can be cost effective if they result in even modest reductions in abuse events (Caldwell, 1992).”

This report gives a brief review of the cost-benefits of child abuse and neglect prevention; identifies several noteworthy prevention programs and strategies, including some evaluation data; discusses the limitations of the existing research; and identifies important factors to consider in the replications of prevention programs. The report was prepared by the FRIENDS National Resource Center.

An economic impact study conducted by Prevent Child Abuse America. Authors Richard J. Gelles and Staci Perlman’s report details the terrible costs of child abuse and neglect. Our hope is to awaken the nation to the change we can make. Together we can prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children.