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ERIC Number: EJ793653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
Using Cumulative Risk to Screen for Mental Health Problems in Child Welfare
McCrae, Julie S.; Barth, Richard P.
Research on Social Work Practice, v18 n2 p144-159 2008
Objective: This study tests the hypothesis that information typically collected during a maltreatment investigation can be used to screen children for mental health problems. Method: Data are from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being. Cumulative risk scores were created for 3,022 children and compared to reports of clinical-level problems using standardized measures. Bivariate, multivariate, and sensitivity analyses were used. Results: Cumulative risk showed 73% sensitivity to identify children with mental health concerns and 52% specificity to identify children without such concerns. Comparatively, child welfare worker indications showed 48% sensitivity and 78% specificity. Conclusions: Investigative information could serve the dual purpose of screening children for mental health problems, having the potential for benefit and cost avoidance. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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