One in Ten

Bad News Is a Story; Good News Is a Statistic

April 10, 2020 National Children's Alliance / David Finkelhor Season 2 Episode 7
One in Ten
Bad News Is a Story; Good News Is a Statistic
Chapters
00:01:34
An uptick in child sexual abuse? Should we be concerned?
00:04:49
Rates of abuse and neglect in the U.S. have gone down more than 60% since 1992
00:13:34
Could our success make people take the issue less seriously?
00:18:20
Prevention education
00:23:40
Interesting research questions
00:26:44
Learning from COVID-19 responses and innovation
00:31:15
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One in Ten
Bad News Is a Story; Good News Is a Statistic
Apr 10, 2020 Season 2 Episode 7
National Children's Alliance / David Finkelhor

Prof. David Finkelhor joined us to discuss a recent one-year uptick in rates of child sexual abuse in the U.S.—and the longer-term reduction in rates of abuse and neglect (down more than 60% since 1992). What might have caused the uptick? And why are we so quick to spot bad news when the bigger news of a substantial decrease gets so little attention? Does child abuse prevention education in schools work? And what do we need to do to keep driving rates of abuse down?

Topics in this episode:

·         An uptick in child sexual abuse? Should we be concerned? (1:34)

·         Rates of abuse and neglect in the U.S. have gone down more than 60% since 1992 (4:49)

·         Could our success make people take the issue less seriously? (13:34)

·         Prevention education (18:20)

·         Interesting research questions (23:40)

·         Learning from COVID-19 responses and innovation (26:44)

·         Our next episode—if you like the podcast, please share it! (31:15)

Links:

David Finkelhor, Ph.D., sociology professor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, and co-director of the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire

Children’s Bureau (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System

Minnesota Student Survey

National Crime Victimization Survey (U.S. Department of Justice)

Steven Pinker’s Better Angels of Our Nature and Enlightenment Now

Erin’s Law

NCA’s COVID-19 resources page is publicly available and includes telemental health resources

 

For more information about National Children’s Alliance and the work of Children’s Advocacy Centers, visit our website at nationalchildrensalliance.org.

Support the show (https://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/donate-now/)

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Prof. David Finkelhor joined us to discuss a recent one-year uptick in rates of child sexual abuse in the U.S.—and the longer-term reduction in rates of abuse and neglect (down more than 60% since 1992). What might have caused the uptick? And why are we so quick to spot bad news when the bigger news of a substantial decrease gets so little attention? Does child abuse prevention education in schools work? And what do we need to do to keep driving rates of abuse down?

Topics in this episode:

·         An uptick in child sexual abuse? Should we be concerned? (1:34)

·         Rates of abuse and neglect in the U.S. have gone down more than 60% since 1992 (4:49)

·         Could our success make people take the issue less seriously? (13:34)

·         Prevention education (18:20)

·         Interesting research questions (23:40)

·         Learning from COVID-19 responses and innovation (26:44)

·         Our next episode—if you like the podcast, please share it! (31:15)

Links:

David Finkelhor, Ph.D., sociology professor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, and co-director of the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire

Children’s Bureau (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System

Minnesota Student Survey

National Crime Victimization Survey (U.S. Department of Justice)

Steven Pinker’s Better Angels of Our Nature and Enlightenment Now

Erin’s Law

NCA’s COVID-19 resources page is publicly available and includes telemental health resources

 

For more information about National Children’s Alliance and the work of Children’s Advocacy Centers, visit our website at nationalchildrensalliance.org.

Support the show (https://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/donate-now/)

An uptick in child sexual abuse? Should we be concerned?
Rates of abuse and neglect in the U.S. have gone down more than 60% since 1992
Could our success make people take the issue less seriously?
Prevention education
Interesting research questions
Learning from COVID-19 responses and innovation
Our next episode