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Nov 2011

Effects of Moral Outrage on Child Welfare Reform

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Casey Family Programs, Seattle, Washington.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(11):977-978. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.177

In a recent Children and Youth Services Review article, Radha Jagannathan and Michael Camasso1 argue that inflamed public sentiment has often had positive effects on child welfare reform in the United States, in part by disrupting entrenched bureaucracies and generating major changes in public policy. However, these authors do not do justice to the negative effects of moral outrage on states' reform initiatives.