The high cost of neglecting children: The need for a preventive policy agenda

Elizabeth A. Segal, Nora S. Gustavsson

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Abstract

Millions of children in the United States suffer from poor care and inadequate services due to neglectful national social policy. More than 13 million children live in poverty and its negative consequences, at great individual and social cost. This paper outlines the need to seriously advocate for a preventive policy approach to child welfare and presents a blueprint for individual and collective political action. The cost-effectiveness and social benefits of preventive policies are demonstrated. Social workers understand the value of prevention in working with children and families, and are needed to advocate on the policy-making level for a preventive policy agenda.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-485
Number of pages11
JournalChild & Adolescent Social Work Journal
Volume7
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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