4th National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect: Project Summary.
United States. Administration for Children and Families. Westat.
Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4)
Westat 1650 Research Blvd.
Rockville, MD 20850
This brief explains 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 objectives and design, participants and procedures for the NIS-4, how the data will be used, confidentiality, and the relationship of the NIS to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System and official reporting in the States. 1 figure.
child abuse; abused children; statistics; data collection; incidence; guidelines; child abuse research; demography