Didn't we just see you? Time to recurrence among frequently encountered families in CPS

Saijun Zhang, Tamara L Fuller, Martin Nieto

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Abstract

In child protection services, multiple maltreatment recurrences, or chronic maltreatment, has been a concern drawing increased attention because of its persistent harm to the children and the need to consider more effective intervention strategies to meet its unique needs. Timing has been an important issue in understanding the pattern of chronic maltreatment. No existing research has examined the influence of the interval between previous maltreatment incidents on future recurrences. The current study uses state administrative data to conduct longitudinal analyses to examine how the interval between previous maltreatment incidents is associated with the likelihood of future maltreatment occurrence among children who encountered multiple maltreatment recurrences. The findings suggest that short intervals are associated with increased likelihood of encountering a future recurrence, while controlling various covariates. The findings suggest the possibility of including the interval between previous maltreatment incidents as an indicator for child maltreatment risk assessment, and the need for developing responsive intervention strategies to stop the trend of chronic maltreatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)883-889
Number of pages7
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2013

Keywords

  • Child maltreatment
  • Chronic maltreatment
  • Multiple recurrences
  • The interval between preceding maltreatment incidents
  • Timing of child maltreatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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