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Message ID: 8258
Date: 2009-09-16

Author:Kristen Shook Slack

Subject:Re: indicated reports vs unfounded reports

Melissa Jonson-Reid and Brett Drake have also done some interesting work

around comparing substantiated and unsubstantiated (or indicated vs.

unfounded) reports in terms of future CPS involvement--not sure off-hand

of the best citation to give you but they are both at the George Warren

Brown School of Social Work at Washington University.



In response to another comment in this thread, I do think there is value

in comparing these two categories of report outcomes even without a

"non-reported" comparison group, if the purpose is to understand whether

the CPS decision-making around substantiation has any predictive value

for re-involvement down the road.



A final comment: the federal government, in the context of Child and

Family Service Reviews, defines one of the safety indicators that states

must measure based on substantiated reports. Given practice changes

throughout the country with respect to differential response reforms,

and the fact that in practice, case opening is not necessarily

contingent on or synonymous with substantiation, there is still room to

learn more about the value of this CPS decision outcome for

differentiating risk among CPS entrants.



-kristi



Deborah Stone wrote:

> THis is the article I always refer to:

> Hussey JM, Marshall JM, English DJ, Knight ED, Lau AS, Dubowitz H,

> Kotch JB (2005)

> /Defining Maltreatment According to Substantiation: Distinction

> Without a Difference?/.

> Child Abuse & Neglect: vol.29, p.479-492.

>

> >>> Todd McDonald 09/15/09 9:45 PM >>>

> Dear list members. Does anyone know if unfounded cases of abuse or

> neglect are as at risk for problems down the road compared with

> indicated cases? Are these children just as vulnerable?

>

> Todd

>

>

>

>



--

Kristen Shook Slack, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

School of Social Work

University of Wisconsin-Madison

1350 University Avenue

Madison, WI 53706



ph: 608-263-3671

fx: 608-263-3836









Melissa Jonson-Reid and Brett Drake have also done some interesting work

around comparing substantiated and unsubstantiated (or indicated vs.

unfounded) reports in terms of future CPS involvement--not sure off-hand

of the best citation to give you but they are both at the George Warren

Brown School of Social Work at Washington University.



In response to another comment in this thread, I do think there is value

in comparing these two categories of report outcomes even without a

"non-reported" comparison group, if the purpose is to understand whether

the CPS decision-making around substantiation has any predictive value

for re-involvement down the road.



A final comment: the federal government, in the context of Child and

Family Service Reviews, defines one of the safety indicators that states

must measure based on substantiated reports. Given practice changes

throughout the country with respect to differential response reforms,

and the fact that in practice, case opening is not necessarily

contingent on or synonymous with substantiation, there is still room to

learn more about the value of this CPS decision outcome for

differentiating risk among CPS entrants.



-kristi



Deborah Stone wrote:

> THis is the article I always refer to:

> Hussey JM, Marshall JM, English DJ, Knight ED, Lau AS, Dubowitz H,

> Kotch JB (2005)

> /Defining Maltreatment According to Substantiation: Distinction

> Without a Difference?/.

> Child Abuse & Neglect: vol.29, p.479-492.

>

> >>> Todd McDonald 09/15/09 9:45 PM >>>

> Dear list members. Does anyone know if unfounded cases of abuse or

> neglect are as at risk for problems down the road compared with

> indicated cases? Are these children just as vulnerable?

>

> Todd

>

>

>

>



--

Kristen Shook Slack, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

School of Social Work

University of Wisconsin-Madison

1350 University Avenue

Madison, WI 53706



ph: 608-263-3671

fx: 608-263-3836