Recognition and Reporting of Child Maltreatment: Summary Findings From the National Study of the Incidence and Severity of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Published: October 14, 1980
Publication Information: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD
Available from: Child Welfare Information Gateway
Administration on Children, Youth, and Families Children's Bureau, 3rd Floor 330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Tel: 800.394.3366 703.385.7565
Sponsoring Organization: National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (DHEW), Washington, DC.
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An analysis of findings from the National Study of Incidence and Severity of Child Abuse and Neglect is presented. The design stage of the study, which began in July 1976, involved selection of 8 urban counties with populations of over 200,000, 8 smaller urban counties with populations of under 200,000, and 10 non-urban counties with an average population of 33,000. Data were collected on each report of suspected child abuse or neglect received by the child protective services (CPS) agencies between May 1, 1979, and April 30, 1980. In addition to CPS caseworkers, professional staff in an average of 20 non-CPS agencies per county were asked to participate in the study. Data were collected and analyzed on reported cases, unreported cases, demographics of maltreatment, and characteristics of maltreated children and their families. Though the study was limited by limited population and agency samples, findings indicated that over 1 million children were reported to CPS agencies during the study year; a lack of community resources resulted in cases of suspected maltreatment remaining unsubstantiated because of lack of extreme urgency in those cases; twice as many reported cases go unreported; reporting was relatively complete for very young children; and definition of agency roles and types of maltreatment constituted the most serious issue for legislators, budget officials, school personnel, and CPS professionals. Data forms are appended.
incidence; national surveys; child abuse reporting; incidence; data analysis; identification