Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

John R. Lutzker, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Daniel Whitaker, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Kate Guastaferro, MPH


Child maltreatment (CM) and unintentional childhood injury affects millions of children and cost society billions of dollars annually. The population at risk for CM has congruent demographic characteristics as children that are more likely to have unintentional injuries. Preventing CM through evidence-based home-visiting programs has been shown effective and cost efficient, and the inclusion of home safety in such programs, demonstrates significant reduction of hazards in the home. The overarching goal of the current research is to make a statistical connection between the population at risk for CM and amount of hazards in the home; that these two populations have enough overlap to validate the inclusion of home safety components in CM prevention programs. This study uses data from an ongoing research project that braids two evidence-based parenting programs: SafeCare® and Parents as Teachers. Findings indicate that the correlation between potential for abuse, measured by BCAP scores, and hazards in the home, measured by the HAPI, show a significant correlation r = .23, p < .05. Other variables such as loneliness, distress, and marital status were also found to contribute to this relationship.