Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4): Data Collection Forms, Maltreatment Typology, and Computer-Assisted Evaluative Decision System (CAEDS) Screens.
Sedlak, Andrea. Gragg, Frances. Mettenburg, Jane. Ciarico, Janet. Winglee, Marianne. Shapiro, Gary.
United States. Administration for Children and Families. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. Westat.
Technical Report Instrument
14, 10, 32, 49 p
Published: August 15, 2008
Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4)
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The fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (the NIS-4) is a congressionally mandated, periodic research effort to assess the incidence of child abuse and neglect in the United States. The NIS gathers information from multiple sources to estimate the number of children who are abused or neglected children, providing information about the nature and severity of the maltreatment, the characteristics of the children, perpetrators, and families, and the extent of changes in the incidence or distribution of child maltreatment since the time of the last national incidence study. The NIS design assumes that the maltreated children who are investigated by child protective services (CPS) represent only the "tip of the iceberg," so although the NIS estimates include children investigated at CPS they also include maltreated children who are identified by professionals in a wide range of agencies in representative communities. These professionals, called "sentinels," are asked to remain on the lookout for children they believe are maltreated during the study period. Children identified by sentinels and those whose alleged maltreatment is investigated by CPS during the same period are evaluated against standardized definitions of abuse and neglect. This manual includes Child Protective Services data forms, sentinel data forms and instructions for filling out the forms, a sentinel orientation CD-ROM disc, a comprehensive chart that provides information on maltreatment typology, and screen shots of the Computer-Assisted Evaluative Decision System, including select case screens, pre-evaluative coding screens, maltreatment screens, and administrative review screens.
statistics; data collection; incidence; guidelines; child abuse research; child welfare; research methodology