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ERIC Number: EJ851247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1062-1024
Children of Probationers in the Child Welfare System and Their Families
Phillips, Susan D.; Leathers, Sonya J.; Erkanli, Alaattin
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v18 n2 p183-191 Apr 2009
This study describes changes over a 36-month period in the lives of children of probationers who were subjects of reports of maltreatment. Data on a nationally representative sample of reported victims of maltreatment were used to examine probationer-parents' contact with the criminal justice system, and concurrent changes in their children's households, risk exposure, and emotional and behavioral problems. Results show that 36 months after coming in contact with the child welfare system, about 40% of probationer's children no longer lived with their probationer-parents. During the same period, children's exposure to risk (i.e., parental substance abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence) dropped markedly; however, there was an upward trend in the prevalence of child emotional and behavioral problems. These problems ultimately declined among very young children, but persisted among elementary school age children. Further prospective studies are needed to better understand the confluence of factors affecting the outcomes of probationers' children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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