One of the IPRC’s major achievements is Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN), a ground-breaking 20-year study of child maltreatment led by Dr. Des Runyan, resulting in more than 270 peer-reviewed publications. To ensure that these unique findings were translated into policy and practice, the IPRC undertook an extensive dissemination effort with funding support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Meetings were held with key stakeholders in child maltreatment intervention and prevention, as well as policy makers at a Federal Congressional Briefing and other stakeholder groups such as the NC Child Fatality Task Force and the National Resource Center for Child Protective Services.
IPRC researchers led a statewide evaluation of the Period of PURPLE Crying®, a parent education and media intervention designed to prevent abusive head trauma, or shaken baby syndrome, in infants. This study represented the largest intervention investigation of an abusive head trauma program coupled with a rigorous, comprehensive evaluation. Implementation of the Period of PURPLE Crying® in every birthing hospital in North Carolina and subsequent evaluation led to multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and provided invaluable insights for future prevention efforts.