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ERIC Number: ED537293
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 146
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2670-9027-0
Training and Mandated Reporters' Confidence Levels: A Correlational Study
Eichelberger, Cathy S.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Child maltreatment is a costly social issue, both financially and in terms of children's well-being. All 50 states and many countries have enacted mandatory reporting laws, but not all of them require mandated reporter training. A multitude of studies have shown that many mandated reporters do not report all of the cases of suspected child abuse and neglect, as required by law. Providing training to mandated reporters increases their skill in recognizing and reporting suspected child maltreatment to authorities. Studies have shown that recognition and reporting skills are enhanced through mandated reporter training. Training has empirically been associated with an increase in the mandated reporter's confidence levels, which in turn increases the likelihood that the mandated reporter will make the referral to authorities. Each referral is an opportunity for the child welfare system to intervene on an at risk child's behalf. This quantitative correlational study included the use of questionnaires to compare the relationships between educational mandated reporters' confidence levels and child maltreatment training. Results in this study showed confidence levels to recognize and report child maltreatment to be low due to limited, outdated, or non-existent training. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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