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Protective factors among Latino families involved with child welfare: A review of Spanish protective factor research on child maltreatment prevention in seven countries

Andrew M. Bailey, Adam M. Brazil, Aislinn Conrad-Hiebner and Jacqueline Counts

Children and Youth Services Review, 2015, vol. 55, issue C, 93-102

Abstract: This article analyzes the panorama of published Spanish-language literature addressing protective factors and their role in the prevention of child maltreatment in Latino families. To our knowledge, this is the first time that the use of protective factors in English-language literature has been compared to their counterparts the Strengthening Families (SF) approach and Protective Factors Survey (PFS) frames our research process, which used reviewed literature to identify the presence of protective factors in seven Spanish-speaking countries: Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Venezuela and the United States. Our findings shed light on the importance of family functioning in Spanish-language studies to date and validate the inclusion of family functioning as a protective factor in the PFS. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.

Keywords: Protective factors; Family functioning; Child maltreatment prevention; Latino families; Hispanic families (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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