Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Clarice Staff

Second Advisor

Lois Bosch

Third Advisor

Karen Christensen


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.


SC 11.MSW.2001.Peterson.LL

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