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NCJ Number: NCJ 240533     Find in a Library
Title: Trajectories of Maltreatment Re-Reports From Ages 4 to 12: Evidence for Persistent Risk After Early Exposure
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Author(s): Laura J. Proctor ; Gregory A. Aarons ; Howard Dubowitz ; Diana J. English ; Terri Lewis ; Richard Thompson ; Jon M. Hussey ; Alan J. Litrownik ; Scott C. Roesch
  Journal: Child Maltreatment  Volume:17  Issue:3  Dated:August 2012  Pages:207 to 217
Date Published: 08/2012
Page Count: 11
  Annotation: This study identified trajectories of maltreatment re-reports between ages 4 and 12 for children first referred to Child Protective Services (CPS).
Abstract: This study identified trajectories of maltreatment re-reports between ages 4 and 12 for children first referred to Child Protective Services (CPS) for maltreatment prior to age 4 and either removed from the home or assessed by a CPS intake worker as moderately or highly likely to be abused/neglected in the future, absent intervention. Participants (n = 501) were children from the Southwest and Northwest sites of the Consortium for Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN). During the 8-year follow-up period, 67 percent of children were re-reported. Growth mixture modeling identified four trajectory classes: No re-report (33 percent), Continuous re-reports (10 percent), Intermittent re-reports (37 percent), and Early re-reports (20 percent). Membership in classes with relatively more re-reports was predicted by several factors assessed at age 4, including physical abuse; living with a biological/stepparent; caregiver alcohol abuse, depression, and lack of social support; receipt of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC); and number of children in the home. For a subpopulation of high-risk children first reported in early childhood, risk for maltreatment re-reporting may persist longer than previously documented, continuing 8 to 12 years after the first report. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Child welfare
Index Term(s): Abused children ; Longitudinal studies ; Child abuse investigations ; Multiple victimization
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Office of Child Abuse and Neglect
Admin for Children and Families
United States of America

National Institute on Drug Abuse
United States of America
Grant Number: K01DA21674;R01MH072961
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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