Child maltreatment fatalities: Predicting rates and the efficacy of child welfare policy

Emily M. Douglas, Sean C. Mccarthy

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Abstract

Scientists have studied child maltreatment fatalities (CMFs) for several decades, yet little research has examined the social context in which CMFs occur and whether prevention efforts are effective. Using state-level data from 2006-2008, we examine the social context in which CMFs occur and conduct a five-year follow-up to a study that found media attention predicted CMF-related legislation (Douglas, 2009). The results indicate that the social context in which children live are important; poverty and region are the strongest predictors of CMFs and states that passed legislation to prevent future maltreatment fatalities did not experience a decline in the death rate. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-143
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Policy Practice
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

Keywords

  • Child fatalities
  • Child maltreatment
  • Media attention
  • Policy practice

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