ERIC Number: ED180158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Reported Child Maltreatment in Florida: The Operation of Public Child Protective Service Systems.
The report examines the operation of Florida's child protective service system based on analysis of 2,889 representative cases of child abuse or neglect received by the State of Florida Child Abuse Registry from 1970 thru midsummer of 1977. Associations were investigated between antecedent variables (child's sex, race and age, and family structure characteristics) and results of the maltreatment event (the social worker's finding of the validity of the case, the case plan or disposition, and recidivism). Nine major findings were uncovered, including that the child's race and sex appeared for the most part to be unrelated to the maltreatment event and to the results of it; age, family size, and presence or absence of parents are related to the maltreatment event and the results of that event; the type of maltreatment found was strongly related to validity and disposition of the maltreatment event; recidivism of reported maltreatment was unrelated to background characteristics except family size and the initial incident of maltreatment; and the state's media campaign and reorganization of the central registry appeared to affect the operation of child protective services. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (DHEW/OHD), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rhode Island Univ., Kingston.