Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Cohesive neighborhoods, less spanking result in fewer child welfare visits

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University conducted analyses on nearly 2,300 families from 20 large U.S. cities who responded to surveys and interviews. Participating families had a child who was born between 1998-2000.

They found that living in neighborhoods with strong social cohesion and trust — where neighbors are willing to help each other and generally get along — protects families against getting involved in the child welfare system.

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