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Effectiveness of Home Visitation by Public health Nurses in Prevention of the Recurrence of Child Physical Abuse and Neglect: a Randomized Controlled Trial

May 2005

HL MacMillan, BH Thomas, E Jamieson, CA Walsh, MH Boyle, HS Shannon, A Gafni


This experiment examines the effects of nurse’s home visitation on incidence of abuse and neglect. Families with a history of a child being abused and neglected were randomly assigned to a treatment group (receiving home visits) and a control group (no home visits). Subjects received follow ups three years after randomization. Results show no statistically significant results.

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Policy Implications

Policies that attempt to protect the welfare of children would be better served focusing on prevention of abuse and neglect from starting, as these results find preventing recidivism is unlikely.

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