Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4): Design and Methods Summary.
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. United States. Children's Bureau. Westat.
Published: August 1, 2008
Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4)
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This report explains the design and methods used for the Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4), recently begun by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NIS-4 will measure the incidence and prevalence of child maltreatment by a wide array of demographic characteristics. Like its predecessors, the NIS-4 is a Congressionally mandated study that is required under the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003. The NIS-4 will estimate the current national incidence and distribution of child maltreatment, based on standardized research definitions and will assess changes since the previous NIS data were collected. Data collection will occur in a nationally representative sample of 122 counties. The NIS-4 will determine the number of children in the sampled counties who are abused and neglected during a 3-month reference period and will use these data to develop annual incidence estimates for the nation. Information is provided on the study's design, enhancements, the inclusion of supplemental studies designed to enhance the quality and/or interpretability of the NIS finding, participants for the NIS-4, agency recruitment, data collection, evaluative coding, unduplication, and weighting. The design of supplemental CPS Structure And Practices Mail Survey (SPM), the CPS Screening Policies Study (SPS), and the Sentinel Definitions Survey (SDS) are also described. 13 tables.
child abuse; abused children; statistics; data collection; incidence; guidelines; child abuse research; research methodology