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NCJ Number: NCJ 242103     Find in a Library
Title: Understanding Risk and Protective Factors for Child Maltreatment: The Value of Integrated, Population-Based Data
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Author(s): Emily Putnam-Hornstein ; Barbara Needell ; Anne E. Rhodes
  Journal: Child Abuse & Neglect  Volume:37  Issue:2-3  Dated:February/March 2013  Pages:116 to 119
Date Published: 03/2013
Page Count: 4
  Annotation: This article discusses the use of population-based and epidemiological data in studies examining the distribution and interactive nature of risk and protective factors for child maltreatment.
Abstract: Despite the growing field of research that has examined the theories behind child maltreatment, few studies have attempted to understand the individual, group, and environmental dynamics as they relate to child maltreatment. Following a review of the research, the authors found that studies on child abuse and neglect have relied on data that is retrospective and limited in scope, is missing key variables, and is focused on a narrow set of short-term and system-related indicators. In addition, the studies have not looked at the broader, longer-term health and well-being outcomes that could serve as indicators of successful intervention efforts. Due to the use of computers, researchers are now able to streamline the process of compiling and managing administrative data, thus allowing for information on one individual to be captured across several databases. By linking records in this manner, studies will be able to expand their scope and provide more information that can be used to inform policy, track program outcomes, assist local governments with planning, and contribute knowledge that could benefit a greater number of people. Several studies that have used linked data are discussed. References
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Data analysis ; Data collection ; Child welfare ; Child protection services ; Child abuse situation remedies ; Child abuse investigations ; Child abuse prevention ; Databases ; Assessment (child health and welfare) ; Child Protection
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Type: Research (Theoretical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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