A Methodological Review of SafeCare®

Kate Guastaferro, John R. Lutzker

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Objectives: More than 500,000 children experience neglect each year in the United States, yet few evidence-based parent-training programs focus primarily on preventing and mitigating the risk factors for neglect. A notable exception is SafeCare®. This review focuses on the research designs used at three phases of the SafeCare model: development, evaluation, and dissemination. Methods: Presented in chronological order, the purpose is to highlight the 40-year evidence-base of the SafeCare model and to demonstrate that certain research designs are specific to phases of intervention development. Results: The cumulative evidence from those 40 years for the SafeCare model and its predecessor is powerful. Conclusions: Future research with a variety of experimental designs related to dissemination and implementation research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3268-3285
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019


  • Experimental design
  • Neglect
  • Prevention
  • SafeCare
  • Single-case research design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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