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Message ID: 9115
Date: 2012-02-09

Author:Mitchell-Herzfeld, Susan (OCFS)

Subject:RE: Parental history of maltreatment

Lisa, We did not examine mothers’ history of childhood victimization as a moderator of program effects for three reasons. First, as the vast majority of the mothers participating in HFNY report being abused or neglected as a child, we did not believe this would be useful in differentiating treatment effects within our population. Second, we limited the number of subgroup analyses in order to minimize the chance of spurious false positive findings due to multiple comparisons. Third, rather than conducting one-variable-at-a-time subgroup analyses, we constructed subgroups that differ from one another on multiple variables that are likely to be related to risk and responsiveness to treatment. For example, in addition to the subgroup of mothers with a substantiated report, we created a subgroup of teenage, first-time mothers who enrolled in HFNY prior to their 31st week of pregnancy. This group contrasts sharply with the subgroup of mothers with substantiated reports, most of whom had multiple children and were much older. Susan From: bounce-40018325-14489073@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-40018325-14489073@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Berlin, Lisa Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2012 9:02 AM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: RE: Parental history of maltreatment Susan, this is very interesting, thanks for sharing. Did you also look at mothers’ history of victimization as a moderator of program uptake/engagement and/or outcomes? Lisa Berlin, Ph.D. Associate Professor University of Maryland School of Social Work 525 West Redwood St., 3W25 Baltimore, MD 21210 (410) 706-6392 From: bounce-40018101-25390005@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-40018101-25390005@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Mitchell-Herzfeld, Susan (OCFS) Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 5:45 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: RE: Parental history of maltreatment Jessica, In our 7-year RCT of the Healthy Families New York (HFNY) home visiting program, we examined treatment effects within a subgroup of mothers who already had substantiated CPS reports where they were the confirmed perpetrators prior to random assignment. We found that, compared to their counterparts in the control group, HFNY mothers in this subgroup had markedly lower rates of substantiated CPS reports and involvement in preventive, protective, and placement services between random assignment to the target child’s 7th birthday. Here’s the link to our report on these findings on the NIJ website: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/232945.pdf Susan Susan Mitchell-Herzfeld Director, Bureau of Evaluation & Research Office of Children & Family Services 52 Washington St.--Room 313 South Rensselaer, NY 12144 e-mail: susan.mitchell-herzfeld@ocfs.state.ny.us phone: (518) 474-9486 From: bounce-39931060-14489073@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-39931060-14489073@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Jessica Bartlett Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 3:19 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: Parental history of maltreatment Dear Child Maltreatment Researchers, Does anyone know of any program evaluations that have examined whether child maltreatment prevention programs (e.g., home visitation) are more or less effective with families in which a parent has a history of childhood maltreatment? We would like to examine whether a maternal history of childhood maltreatment moderates program outcomes, but I'm not certain if there has been any precedent for this. Any thoughts and resources are much appreciated! Jessica --------------------------------------------------------- Jessica Dym Bartlett M.S.W., Ph.D. Grant Manager/Research Analyst Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation Tufts University jdbartlett56@gmail.com ________________________________ This communication, together with any attachments hereto or links contained herein, is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain information that is confidential, privileged, or legally protected, and as such is not a public document. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, disclosure, copying, dissemination, distribution or use of this communication is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender immediately by return e-mail message and delete the original and all copies of the communication, along with any attachments hereto or links herein, from your system.

Lisa, We did not examine mothers’ history of childhood victimization as a moderator of program effects for three reasons. First, as the vast majority of the mothers participating in HFNY report being abused or neglected as a child, we did not believe this would be useful in differentiating treatment effects within our population. Second, we limited the number of subgroup analyses in order to minimize the chance of spurious false positive findings due to multiple comparisons. Third, rather than conducting one-variable-at-a-time subgroup analyses, we constructed subgroups that differ from one another on multiple variables that are likely to be related to risk and responsiveness to treatment. For example, in addition to the subgroup of mothers with a substantiated report, we created a subgroup of teenage, first-time mothers who enrolled in HFNY prior to their 31st week of pregnancy. This group contrasts sharply with the subgroup of mothers with substantiated reports, most of whom had multiple children and were much older. Susan From: bounce-40018325-14489073list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-40018325-14489073list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Berlin, Lisa Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2012 9:02 AM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: RE: Parental history of maltreatment Susan, this is very interesting, thanks for sharing. Did you also look at mothers’ history of victimization as a moderator of program uptake/engagement and/or outcomes? Lisa Berlin, Ph.D. Associate Professor University of Maryland School of Social Work 525 West Redwood St., 3W25 Baltimore, MD 21210 (410) 706-6392 From: bounce-40018101-25390005list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-40018101-25390005list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Mitchell-Herzfeld, Susan (OCFS) Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 5:45 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: RE: Parental history of maltreatment Jessica, In our 7-year RCT of the Healthy Families New York (HFNY) home visiting program, we examined treatment effects within a subgroup of mothers who already had substantiated CPS reports where they were the confirmed perpetrators prior to random assignment. We found that, compared to their counterparts in the control group, HFNY mothers in this subgroup had markedly lower rates of substantiated CPS reports and involvement in preventive, protective, and placement services between random assignment to the target child’s 7th birthday. Here’s the link to our report on these findings on the NIJ website: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/232945.pdf Susan Susan Mitchell-Herzfeld Director, Bureau of Evaluation & Research Office of Children & Family Services 52 Washington St.--Room 313 South Rensselaer, NY 12144 e-mail: susan.mitchell-herzfeldocfs.state.ny.us phone: (518) 474-9486 From: bounce-39931060-14489073list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-39931060-14489073list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Jessica Bartlett Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 3:19 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: Parental history of maltreatment Dear Child Maltreatment Researchers, Does anyone know of any program evaluations that have examined whether child maltreatment prevention programs (e.g., home visitation) are more or less effective with families in which a parent has a history of childhood maltreatment? We would like to examine whether a maternal history of childhood maltreatment moderates program outcomes, but I'm not certain if there has been any precedent for this. Any thoughts and resources are much appreciated! Jessica --------------------------------------------------------- Jessica Dym Bartlett M.S.W., Ph.D. Grant Manager/Research Analyst Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation Tufts University jdbartlett56gmail.com ________________________________ This communication, together with any attachments hereto or links contained herein, is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain information that is confidential, privileged, or legally protected, and as such is not a public document. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any review, disclosure, copying, dissemination, distribution or use of this communication is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender immediately by return e-mail message and delete the original and all copies of the communication, along with any attachments hereto or links herein, from your system.