Community Factors in Differential Responses of Child Protective Services.
McCallum, Karen. Cheng, An-Lin.
Published: March/April 2016
Public Health Nursing
Vol. 33, No. 2 , p. 107-117
John Wiley & Sons
111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
A study sought to identify relationships of county-level community variables to response paths in 62,499 cases and 98 counties from five States. Findings indicate county-level variables (housing vacancy, child poverty, unemployment, and households with public assistance) were significant predictors of child protective services response path and accounted for 12.3% of variability in the final three-level model. Individual variables (report source, maltreatment types, child age, race, and number of children in the report were also significant predictors. 1 figure, 3 tables, and 36 references.
child abuse; child protective services; Multitrack response system; predictor variables; socioeconomic influences; disadvantaged children; age factors; racial factors