Level of Education of Students Involved


Faculty Sponsor

Terry Kessler




Public Health

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-27-2023


Background information About 1 in 7 children have suffered from child abuse and neglect in the U.S. last year, and children who have a low socioeconomic status are at higher risk (CDC, 2022). Child abuse and neglect is frequently reported in Illinois (HHS, 2022). Purpose The purpose of my intervention is to prevent the reoccurrence of child abuse and neglect among adult parents between the ages of 25 and 35, who have a past documented report and receive SNAP benefits, by implementing The Incredible Years Program at the South Chicago Community Center. Program and Theoretical Approach The Incredible Years Program will be guided by the Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) and address 3 constructs commonly found in literature: knowledge, self-efficacy, and environmental impediments. Participants will attend weekly sessions over the course of 6 weeks and learn positive parenting practices, active coping strategies, and how to access parental assistance programs to reduce environmental stressors. Participants will also complete a pre and post questionnaire assessing their knowledge, and a score of 80% will be considered passing. Health Objective The health objective states that the intervention will reduce the prevalence of child abuse and neglect cases among program participants by 30% after 5 years of program implementation. Conclusion and Recommendation This program utilizes the most significant constructs of the SCT as research supports that both parent education and training programs are effective at preventing child abuse and neglect (Temcheff et al., 2018). SCT is recommended to guide future child abuse and prevention programs.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Jasmin Bonilla is a fourth-year public health student at Valparaiso University. She is enrolled in the Master’s of Public Health program in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. She is obtaining her public health practicum experience at the Population Health Care Coordination Department in Memorial Hospital, South Bend, where she is implementing a program that aims to reduce hospital readmissions. Her career aspiration is to become an epidemiologist at the Indiana State Health Department.