ERIC Number: ED347431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Professional Background, Case Characteristics, and Protective Agency Response in Mandated Child Abuse Reporting.
Zellman, Gail L.; Bell, Robert M.
This document presents a report on research undertaken to assess the incidence of child abuse reporting and of failure to report among mandated reporters; the contributions of workplace, personal, and institutional factors to reporting behavior; and the interaction of mandated reporters with the child protective agencies to which they report. The report presents results from a survey of mandated reporters and from interviews. Section I of the report provides an introduction and background information. Section II describes the study methodology; section III describes the prevalence and incidence of reporting and of failure to report; and section IV explores the impact of reporter and workplace characteristics on reporting behavior. Section V examines factors that contribute to reporting intentions; section VI presents analyses of the impact of case characteristics on reporting intentions and section VII presents a model of reporting decisions. Section VIII describes the current state of child protective services agencies and how they interact with mandated reporters. The final section presents conclusions and recommendations. It is noted that consistent reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect was the most common reporting pattern in the data, and that consistent reporters were characterized by fairly high levels of child abuse reporting knowledge, by beliefs that reports will have no negative consequences for the children they report or for themselves, and by positive views of the capability and professionalism of child protective services agencies. Selected items from several child abuse reporting survey instruments are appended. (NB)
Rand Corporation, 1700 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90406-2138 ($15 each, quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (DHHS/OHDS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.