Select Page

Sponsored by BetterHelp. Clinicians, sign up with BetterHelp to increase your bookings and work from the comfort of your own home.

Want to chat with me? Join me at For $10/month you get access to my daily tips for health and wellness and you can text chat with me privately.

Child and Elder Abuse Prevention Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes
#childabuse #prevention #elderabuse
ObjChild and Elder Abuse Prevention Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes
#childabuse #prevention #elderabuse
~ Define the three types of prevention
~ Review risk factors for abuse
~ Identify strategies for preventing abuse and neglect
~ Discuss reasons prevention programs fail
3 Types of Prevention
~ Primary: Keep it from happening
~ Secondary: Prevent worsening
~ Caregiver: Verbally abusive or neglectful caregiver
~ Child or Elder: Anxiety, depression, low self esteem
~ Tertiary: Prevent additional issues

Risk Factor Review
~ High levels of stress and low or ineffective coping resources
~ History of abuse or neglect
~ Lack of social support
~ Financial instability or poverty
~ High emotional reliance on the elder or being seen as a “good parent”
~ Lack of skills in parenting or taking care of older adult (Children learn what they live)
~ Mental Health or Addiction Issues
~ Physical health issues
~ Child or elder with a disability
Strategy: Strengthen Economic Supports
~ Remote work opportunities
~ Affordable childcare or adult day care
~ Multisectorial, pro-business community (economic development zones, internet) to increase all job opportunities—for youth and adults
~ Transportation

Strategy: Social Norms Supporting Culturally Responsive Positive Caregiving
~ Motivational Enhancement
~ Although a broad range of programs has been developed and implemented by public and private agencies at many levels, little evidence supports the effectiveness of these programs.
~ PSAs
~ Library programs
~ Faith based programs
~ What else?

Strategy: Quality Accessible Care
~ Daycare (child or elder)
~ Schools (children)
~ Public or private
~ Homeschool co-ops
~ In home care
~ Case management
~ To meet biopsychosocial needs
~ To navigate the medical/insurance system in the case of elders or a child with a disability
Strategy: Parenting Skill Enhancement
~ Attachment Based Parenting
~ Consistency, Responsiveness, Attention, Validation, Encouragement, Support
~ Developmentally appropriate parenting strategies
Strategy: Early Intervention
~ See something, say something
~ Early Steps (children)
~ Pediatric referral
~ School counseling services

Strategy: Community Connection
~ Reduce isolation
~ Respite
~ Support services
~ Accessible, age-appropriate prosocial activities
~ Community
~ Reduce violence
~ What else?
Strategy: Enhance Mental Health
~ Nutrition services
~ Food pantries
~ Community gardens
~ Health education
~ Sleep access and hygiene
~ Stress Management
~ Coping and Resilience
~ Affordable, accessible mental health and addiction treatment

~ Prevention involves identifying
~ Caregiver factors causing them to be stressed and susceptible to dysregulation (PACER) (and interventions)
~ Child and elder factors that might add distress to the caregiver (PACER) (and interventions)
~ Exploring ways to enhance engagement