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Title: Parental Substance Abuse as a Predictor of Child Maltreatment Re-Reports
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:20  Issue:12  Dated:(December 1996)  Pages:1183-1193
Author(s): I Wolock; S Magura
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20447
Grant Number: 90-CA-1453
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A longitudinal study of New Jersey child abuse and neglect cases that were closed after investigation focused on the impact of parental drug abuse on family functioning and on subsequent referrals to child protective services (CPS).
Abstract: The 239 families were reported to CPS in five offices of the New Jersey CPS agency between December 1988 and October 1989 and were followed for an average of 2 years. The cases were closed because the incident was considered to be an isolated incident, it was of lesser severity, the situation leading to the report was resolved by the time the investigation was completed, or the reported maltreatment was unsubstantiated. Caretaker substance abuse was identified from self-reports or case records. Results revealed that 132 of the cases were classified as substance abuse. Results supported the hypothesis that parental drug abuse would have a negative impact on family functioning, which, in turn, would result in a higher rate of subsequent reports of child abuse or neglect. As expected, drug abuse also had a direct impact on recurring reports. Findings indicated that it is critical that the child welfare system recognize and respond to parental drug abuse problems in these families through expanded and improved voluntary and perhaps mandatory services. Figures, tables, and 30 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse causes; Child abuse detection; Child abuse investigations; Child abuse reporting; Children of alcoholics; Children of drug abusers; New Jersey
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