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NCJ Number: NCJ 242433     Find in a Library
Title: Assessing Risk of Future Delinquency Among Children Receiving Child Protection Services
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Author(s): Andrea Bogie, M.S.W. ; Kristen Johnson, Ph.D. ; Janice Ereth, Ph.D. ; Chris Scharenbroch
Corporate Author: Children's Research Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 09/2011
Page Count: 57
  Annotation: This longitudinal study identified the risk factors for delinquency among children receiving child protection services (CPS) in Los Angeles County, CA, and constructed a screening assessment that classifies children with an open child-protection-services case file by the likelihood of future delinquency.
Abstract: This retrospective validation study succeeded in constructing an actuarial assessment that accurately classifies children by the likelihood of subsequent delinquency. The delinquency screening assessment is composed of 10 items that address prior CPS history, child demographics, and child and family characteristics. These 10 items are summed to produce an overall classification that indicates the risk of future delinquency. All of the assessment items had a strong relationship to subsequent delinquency and are already part of a caseworker’s regular and systematic evaluation of child safety and risk. Delinquency outcome rates were higher for children 12 years old and older. Black/African-American children were arrested and adjudicated at rates higher than Hispanic/Latino and White/Caucasian children; however, White/Caucasian children were more likely to be adjudicated than were Hispanic/Latino children following arrest. Males had higher rates of subsequent arrest and adjudication than did females in the study. Children with prior CPS involvement had higher outcome rates than did children without a prior CPS history. Children living in homes where a prior injury resulted from child abuse or neglect also had higher subsequent arrest and adjudication rates; and children with mental health/behavioral problems were more likely to have subsequent arrests and/or adjudication than children without these issues. The study matched the administrative and structured assessment data of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (LA DCFS) to arrest and adjudication records obtained from the Los Angeles County Probation Department (LA CPD). Extensive tabular data, references, and appended risk assessment and needs assessment items, delinquency screening assessment item analysis, addition sample information, and delinquency screening assessment-item definitions
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): Child protection services ; Children at risk ; Child abuse as delinquency factor ; Juvenile delinquency prediction ; Adolescents at risk ; Instrument validation ; California
Sponsoring Agency: Los Angeles County Department of Children and Families
United States of America
Sale Source: Children's Research Ctr
National Council on Crime and Delinquency
426 S. Yellowstone Drive, Suite 250
Madison, WI 53719
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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