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Message ID: 7950
Date: 2008-12-10

Author:lfontesrcn.com

Subject:RE: child maltreatment and economic hard times

To folow up on Sherrill Clark's thought, some local examples that might increase the possibility of abuse/neglect do not even concern social service agencies per se:

* In our area one city public library was closed down and others have greatly reduced hours due to budget cuts. The community library serves as a source of safe childcare for families who don't have a lot of options. Instead, the kids are left at home alone.

* afterschool and before-school programs are shut down.

* public schools cut back from fullday kindergarten to half-day. Extended hours are possible--at a cost

* health clinic stops holding Saturday hours, requiring patients to access emergency rooms with long waits, which undoubtedly makes some parents just "wait until Monday."

* budget cutbacks make agencies reduce their use of interpreters or rely on problematic telephone interpreting services.

* caretakers post-pone "elective" medical procedures for themselves and their children, both directly and indirectly impacting children's well-being.

* reduced availability of drug & alcohol treatment programs

* lack of jobs that pay a living wage causes caretakers to hold multiple positions and neglect their children



I could go on and on but this is mighty depressing! Let's hope the new year brings better times for all.

Lisa Fontes, Ph.D.



---- Original message ----

>Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2008 11:27:39 -0800

>From: "Sherrill Clark"

>Subject: RE: child maltreatment and economic hard times

>To: "'Child Maltreatment Researchers'"

>Cc: ,"'Ying-Ying Yuan'"

>

>In addition to family characteristics, we might also consider that in

>economic hard times there are fewer resources available to families (staff

>losses due to budget cuts, non profits that go out of business, change their

>focus, close storefront community-based centers, or the cost of services to

>families goes up and become unaffordable.for example) to prevent distress

>that reaches the maltreatment level. This is a more policy-focused

>perspective that doesn't target the families' deficits per se.

>

>Sherrill Clark

>CalSWEC

>

> _____

>

>From: bounce-3362146-7059115@list.cornell.edu

>[mailto:bounce-3362146-7059115@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Brodowski,

>Melissa (ACF)

>Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 8:36 PM

>To: Child Maltreatment Researchers

>Cc: sbates@smtpgate.dphe.state.co.us; Ying-Ying Yuan

>Subject: RE: child maltreatment and economic hard times

>

>

>Hi everyone -

>

>I have a couple of related questions to Tom Hanna's posting. Our CAPTA

>Title II state prevention grantee from Colorado is working on a project

>examining increases in violence (child maltreatment, sexual assault, suicide

>and unintentional injury) during hard economic times -- quite timely right

>now.

>

>We know there's data and research showing the linkages between poverty and

>child maltreatment (and being at-risk). The National Incidence Study-3

>findings demonstrate that family income was significantly related to

>incidence rates in nearly every category of maltreatment. Compared to

>children whose families earned $30,000 per year or more, those in families

>with annual incomes below $15,000 per year were more than 22 times more

>likely to experience some form of maltreatment under the Harm Standard (and

>over 25 times more likely to suffer maltreatment of some type using the

>Endangerment Standard). This is consistent with the findings of many

>different studies that children do not fare well in poorer families compared

>to nonpoor families. For more information on NIS-3 visit:

>

>http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/statsinfo/nis3.cfm#family (and NIS-4

>should be coming out soon to update this information)

>

>I also emailed Ying-Ying Yuan who manages the technical assistance contract

>for our National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). She reminded

>me that in Beyond Common Sense, they showed that in poorer counties, there

>were higher rates of maltreatment. She added that since CPS decisions about

>maltreatment are related to reporting, it is highly likely that increases in

>maltreatment will be found due to poverty IF reporting increases. In periods

>of economic stress, reporting may increase or it may decrease.

>

>So-- the questions I wanted to pose to the listserve are:

>

>*

>

> Are you aware of any resources/research linking economic hard times

>and increases in child maltreatment? Are there studies that show any shifts/

>trends in the incidence/ prevalence over time?

>*

>

> Do you have thoughts about whether there might be a decrease in the

>reporting rates and/or child victimization rates because families being

>diverted to other services or because of differential response systems for

>CPS that have developed in many places across the country? Are there studies

>that have examined this?

>

>Thanks for your help with this.

>

>Melissa

>

>Melissa Lim Brodowski, MSW, MPH

>Office on Child Abuse and Neglect

>Children's Bureau, ACYF, ACF, HHS

>1250 Maryland Avenue SW

>Portals Building, 8th Floor #8127

>Washington, DC 20024

>phone: 202-205-2629

>fax: 202-260-9345

>email: melissa.brodowski@acf.hhs.gov

>

>

>

> _____

>

>From: bounce-3361204-6833993@list.cornell.edu on behalf of Tom Hanna

>Sent: Thu 12/4/2008 7:08 PM

>To: child-maltreatment-research-l@cornell.edu

>Subject: What do Today's Neglect Cases Look Like?

>

>

>

>Dear Colleagues:

>

>I have some anecdotal reports that child neglect has recently become

>a bigger issue in some populations, and that the nature of the new

>neglect patterns may relate to "modern" stressors. Nothing specific,

>but I am wondering -- what neglect issues are you seeing or hearing

>about now, and are they any different than what you saw 5 years ago?

>

>Are there any key papers I should be consulting? Especially on shifts

>in incidence patterns, or in proven prevention strategies in direct

>service and/or in public awareness campaigns?

>

>I am hoping to apply what I learn to public awareness campaigns in

>the next few months -- and maybe this will be of use to all of us in

>developing research strategies on both the intervention and

>prevention sides of the neglect picture.

>

>Any input appreciated.

>

>--Thanks

>--Tom

>

>--

>--

>Tom Hanna, Director

>Child Abuse Prevention Network

>www.child-abuse.com

>tom@child-abuse.com

>tph3@cornell.edu

>off 607.275.9360

>cel 607.227.4524

>fax: 415.962.0510

>--

>

>

>

>

>________________

>TNEF20185.rtf (28k bytes)





To folow up on Sherrill Clark's thought, some local examples that might increase the possibility of abuse/neglect do not even concern social service agencies per se:

* In our area one city public library was closed down and others have greatly reduced hours due to budget cuts. The community library serves as a source of safe childcare for families who don't have a lot of options. Instead, the kids are left at home alone.

* afterschool and before-school programs are shut down.

* public schools cut back from fullday kindergarten to half-day. Extended hours are possible--at a cost

* health clinic stops holding Saturday hours, requiring patients to access emergency rooms with long waits, which undoubtedly makes some parents just "wait until Monday."

* budget cutbacks make agencies reduce their use of interpreters or rely on problematic telephone interpreting services.

* caretakers post-pone "elective" medical procedures for themselves and their children, both directly and indirectly impacting children's well-being.

* reduced availability of drug & alcohol treatment programs

* lack of jobs that pay a living wage causes caretakers to hold multiple positions and neglect their children



I could go on and on but this is mighty depressing! Let's hope the new year brings better times for all.

Lisa Fontes, Ph.D.



---- Original message ----

>Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2008 11:27:39 -0800

>From: "Sherrill Clark"

>Subject: RE: child maltreatment and economic hard times

>To: "'Child Maltreatment Researchers'"

>Cc: ,"'Ying-Ying Yuan'"

>

>In addition to family characteristics, we might also consider that in

>economic hard times there are fewer resources available to families (staff

>losses due to budget cuts, non profits that go out of business, change their

>focus, close storefront community-based centers, or the cost of services to

>families goes up and become unaffordable.for example) to prevent distress

>that reaches the maltreatment level. This is a more policy-focused

>perspective that doesn't target the families' deficits per se.

>

>Sherrill Clark

>CalSWEC

>

> _____

>

>From: bounce-3362146-7059115list.cornell.edu

>[mailto:bounce-3362146-7059115list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Brodowski,

>Melissa (ACF)

>Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 8:36 PM

>To: Child Maltreatment Researchers

>Cc: sbatessmtpgate.dphe.state.co.us; Ying-Ying Yuan

>Subject: RE: child maltreatment and economic hard times

>

>

>Hi everyone -

>

>I have a couple of related questions to Tom Hanna's posting. Our CAPTA

>Title II state prevention grantee from Colorado is working on a project

>examining increases in violence (child maltreatment, sexual assault, suicide

>and unintentional injury) during hard economic times -- quite timely right

>now.

>

>We know there's data and research showing the linkages between poverty and

>child maltreatment (and being at-risk). The National Incidence Study-3

>findings demonstrate that family income was significantly related to

>incidence rates in nearly every category of maltreatment. Compared to

>children whose families earned $30,000 per year or more, those in families

>with annual incomes below $15,000 per year were more than 22 times more

>likely to experience some form of maltreatment under the Harm Standard (and

>over 25 times more likely to suffer maltreatment of some type using the

>Endangerment Standard). This is consistent with the findings of many

>different studies that children do not fare well in poorer families compared

>to nonpoor families. For more information on NIS-3 visit:

>

>http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/statsinfo/nis3.cfm#family (and NIS-4

>should be coming out soon to update this information)

>

>I also emailed Ying-Ying Yuan who manages the technical assistance contract

>for our National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). She reminded

>me that in Beyond Common Sense, they showed that in poorer counties, there

>were higher rates of maltreatment. She added that since CPS decisions about

>maltreatment are related to reporting, it is highly likely that increases in

>maltreatment will be found due to poverty IF reporting increases. In periods

>of economic stress, reporting may increase or it may decrease.

>

>So-- the questions I wanted to pose to the listserve are:

>

>*

>

> Are you aware of any resources/research linking economic hard times

>and increases in child maltreatment? Are there studies that show any shifts/

>trends in the incidence/ prevalence over time?

>*

>

> Do you have thoughts about whether there might be a decrease in the

>reporting rates and/or child victimization rates because families being

>diverted to other services or because of differential response systems for

>CPS that have developed in many places across the country? Are there studies

>that have examined this?

>

>Thanks for your help with this.

>

>Melissa

>

>Melissa Lim Brodowski, MSW, MPH

>Office on Child Abuse and Neglect

>Children's Bureau, ACYF, ACF, HHS

>1250 Maryland Avenue SW

>Portals Building, 8th Floor #8127

>Washington, DC 20024

>phone: 202-205-2629

>fax: 202-260-9345

>email: melissa.brodowskiacf.hhs.gov

>

>

>

> _____

>

>From: bounce-3361204-6833993list.cornell.edu on behalf of Tom Hanna

>Sent: Thu 12/4/2008 7:08 PM

>To: child-maltreatment-research-lcornell.edu

>Subject: What do Today's Neglect Cases Look Like?

>

>

>

>Dear Colleagues:

>

>I have some anecdotal reports that child neglect has recently become

>a bigger issue in some populations, and that the nature of the new

>neglect patterns may relate to "modern" stressors. Nothing specific,

>but I am wondering -- what neglect issues are you seeing or hearing

>about now, and are they any different than what you saw 5 years ago?

>

>Are there any key papers I should be consulting? Especially on shifts

>in incidence patterns, or in proven prevention strategies in direct

>service and/or in public awareness campaigns?

>

>I am hoping to apply what I learn to public awareness campaigns in

>the next few months -- and maybe this will be of use to all of us in

>developing research strategies on both the intervention and

>prevention sides of the neglect picture.

>

>Any input appreciated.

>

>--Thanks

>--Tom

>

>--

>--

>Tom Hanna, Director

>Child Abuse Prevention Network

>www.child-abuse.com

>tomchild-abuse.com

>tph3cornell.edu

>off 607.275.9360

>cel 607.227.4524

>fax: 415.962.0510

>--

>

>

>

>

>________________

>TNEF20185.rtf (28k bytes)