Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Social Work (MSW)
The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatrnent Act of L9l4 (P.L. 93-247) was the federal legislation that included the first definition of child maltreatment and funded both treatment and prevention projects, including crisis nursery demonstration projects.
This social policy and historical analysis examines the legislative policy that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Nixon (1974). The analysis will include subsequent amendments. This law defines child abuse and sets provisions for reporting, investigating, treating, and preventing child abuse.
This research reveals competition between the provision of treatment and prevention throughout the policy. This competition is driven by two related but competing values: family right to privacy, and reduction of child maltreatment.
Peterson, Lyra L., "An Historical and Policy Analysis of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment act (P.L. 93-247) and Amendments With Special Reference to the Crisis Nursery Prevention Model" (2001). Theses and Graduate Projects. 1179.