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Title: Improving the Measurement of Child Neglect for Survey Research: Issues and Recommendations
Journal: Child Maltreatment  Volume:8  Issue:2  Dated:May 2003  Pages:98-111
Author(s): Kristen Shook Slack; Jane Holl; Lisa Altenbernd; Maria McDaniel; Amy Bush Stevens
Editor(s): Mark Chaffin
Date Published: May 2003
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20447
US Dept of Health,Education, and Welfare
Bethesda, MD 20014
Grant Number: R01 HD39148; K01 HD41703-01; 90PA0005
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article provides guidance and information on the tasks involved with constructing new measures of neglect for prospective survey research, specific to improving the measurement of child neglect research.
Abstract: Child neglect has been identified, accurately, as a major public health problem with serious long-term consequences for the health and well-being of America’s children. With this, refining the measures of child neglect is critical in child maltreatment research. The clearer and more consistent the definitions of neglect, the greater and more improved the understanding. This examination consists of three objectives: (1) to highlight persistent measurement issues in child neglect research; (2) to introduce a framework currently being used to guide the construction of new measures of child neglect in a longitudinal survey of caregivers; and (3) to encourage more research in the area of child neglect measurement. Where greater knowledge can be learned about the optimal measurement strategies for assessing neglect risk, future studies with large-scale general populations should incorporate items that can be used to construct better estimates of the incidence and prevalence of neglect risk. The result of this discussion is to encourage the development of new child neglect measures for survey research with both high-risk and general populations. References
Main Term(s): Juvenile dependency and neglect
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Effectiveness; Efficiency; Evaluation measures; Testing and measurement
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