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ERIC Number: EJ935804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1557-1874
Characteristics of Young Parents Investigated and Opened for Ongoing Services in Child Welfare
Fallon, Barbara; Ma, Jennifer; Black, Tara; Wekerle, Chris
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, v9 n4 p365-381 Aug 2011
This study uses a national child welfare dataset to examine the profile of young parents who are the subject of maltreatment-related investigation and to identify which factors determine service provision from the child welfare system at the conclusion of the investigation. Specifically, it examines how workers in the child welfare system decide which young parents require ongoing services the conclusion of a maltreatment related investigation where other risk factors are also being assessed. It found that young parents are struggling with a number of issues including poverty, housing, mental health, violence and children who are exhibiting functioning concerns. Workers in the child welfare system provide ongoing services to young parents particularly in investigations where they have noted concerns around drug/solvent use, cognitive impairment, mental health issues, physical health issues and few social supports. The opportunity to target interventions for the specific concerns for this very vulnerable population is evident.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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