Better Together: Identifying Collaborative Research Priorities in Child Maltreatment Research

Title: Better Together: Identifying Collaborative Research Priorities in Child Maltreatment Research

Description: One in three children in Canada has been exposed to child abuse or neglect, which impacts their lives well into adulthood. Yet, young people who experienced childhood trauma, as well as their caregivers and clinicians, rarely have a say in what matters in child trauma research. Research priorities that capture the perspective of youth and caregivers who have experienced abuse and neglect are thus urgently needed. In line with the saying “nothing about us, without us”, youth and caregivers with lived experience need to be included in research priority setting in order for research to be relevant, efficient, and cost-effective. The goal of the Better Together project is to create partnerships between youth, caregivers, clinicians, and researchers to identify key research priorities to guide the future of child maltreatment research in Canada. Guided by a steering committee of diverse stakeholders, a national survey will be sent to young adults with experience of maltreatment (18-30 years), caregivers, and clinicians across Canada to identify research priorities from their perspective. The project will culminate in a day-long in-person workshop with the entire steering committee and invited stakeholders to identify the agreed-upon top 10 priorities. The Better Together project will share and disseminate what we learn with researchers and clinicians across Canada.

Study Population:
Young adults with lived experience of abuse and neglect in any form; their parents, carers, or family members; professionals who work with youth with a history of child maltreatment (e.g., healthcare providers, psychologists). Reside within Canada.

Participant Obligation:
Complete a 10-minute survey on Qualtrics in English or French for a chance to win one of 5 $100 gift cards. No obligation to complete the survey, participants may stop at any time.
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Study website:

Location: online - Ottawa

Project lead: Nicole Racine

Study Dates: April 23, 2024 to June 25, 2024

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