226521 Neglected children in dependency cases

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Lianne Fuino Estefan, PhD, MPH , Community and Family Health, University of South Florida College of Public Health, Tampa, FL
Martha L. Coulter, DrPH MSW , Department of Community and Family Health, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Tampa, FL
Carla L. VandeWeerd, PhD , Department of Community and Family Health, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Tampa, FL
Background: Maltreated children in the child welfare system are a vulnerable population to negative health and developmental outcomes. However, less is known about the constellation of outcomes for children who have been neglected, especially in cases that have been mediated. Methods: Data for this study were collected via retrospective review of court files from 6 Florida counties that utilized mediation as a means to resolve dependency cases. Bivariate analyses were conducted to examine relationships between variables. Results: Approximately 73% of cases had an allegation of neglect, alone or in combination with other forms of maltreatment. Neglect was significantly associated with serious physical illness for the parent (r=0.147, p<.05); parent's being recently abused by a family member (r=0.142, p<.05); an allegation of neglect for another parent in the case (r=0.438, p<.001); less compliance with visitation (r= -0.215, p<.05); and 3 or more placements for the child (r=0.155, p<.01). Cases that involved neglect also took longer to reach permanency than those without neglect. Multivariate analyses will be conducted to further explore these results. Discussion: Attention to the specific issues in dependency cases involving neglect is critical in order to develop appropriate interventions for this vulnerable population.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the constellation of outcomes observed for neglected children in dependency cases.

Keywords: Child Neglect, Child Abuse

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a doctoral candidate in MCH and have worked in violence-related research for 6 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.