ERIC Number: EJ1075587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Knowledge of Child Abuse and Reporting Practices among Early Care and Education Providers
Dinehart, Laura; Kenny, Maureen C.
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v29 n4 p429-443 2015
This study sought to assess child abuse knowledge and reporting practices of a diverse sample of early care and education (ECE) practitioners. One hundred and thirty-seven practitioners in the state of Florida completed the "Early Childhood Educators Child Abuse Questionnaire." Results revealed that only a minority of participants have been involved in making child abuse reports. Although most reported receiving training in child maltreatment, many still were unsure of legal requirements of reporting. Responses to vignettes of potential abuse revealed a tendency to report to school administration more often than reporting directly to authorities. On a test of child abuse knowledge, the majority of the respondents demonstrated a fair level of knowledge. Recommendations for future research involving ECE administrators are suggested.
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Disclosure, Knowledge Level, Early Childhood Education, Child Caregivers, Preschool Teachers, Questionnaires, Vignettes, Teacher Role, Urban Areas, Surveys, Child Welfare, Attitude Measures, Factor Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
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