Developing child abuse prevention, identification, and treatment systems in Eastern Europe

Pamela Sicher, Owen Lewis, John Sargent, Mark Chaffin, William N. Friedrich, Nicholas Cunningham, Randall Thomas, Patricia Thomas, V. Susan Villani

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Although the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1989 brought a welcome end to the Cold War, the subsequent reestablishment of independent Eastern European countries revealed a host of problems. Among these was frequent child abuse and neglect, although lack of epidemiological data precluded any accurate estimate of prevalence. In an effort to address the problem of child abuse within this rapidly changing sociopolitical environment, the Children's Mental Health Alliance and the Soros Foundation organized the Eastern European Child Abuse and Child Mental Health Project in 1995. The authors describe the development of this multidisciplinary initiative involving collaboration with professionals from 17 countries in Eastern Europe. They highlight the goals, principles, and major phases of the project, as well as some of the challenges involved in its implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)660-667
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Child abuse
  • Eastern Europe
  • Mental health training
  • Post-Soviet transition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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