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Message ID: 9355
Date: 2013-02-04

Author:Bruce Borkosky

Subject:Re: Indicators for Primary Child Maltreatment Prevention?

Because 'maltreatment' is such a fuzzy (from a scientific point of view) measure, you would be better off by more basic parental behaviors - behaviors that can more easily be quantified. You would want to measure both positive/preferred and negative/unwanted behaviors. These behaviors might not currently be a part of your data collection / stream, so you might have to invent some. One example might be calls made to a helpme-hotline - increased calls might be construed as parents trying to improve their parenting behavior. You might also install a video camera in some homes (possibly less intrusive than a live person taking videos), and then counting the number of 'good' and 'bad' behaviors. As you probably know, there are a vast array of causal factors - one that might be easily measured is the number of inhome and out-of-home contacts with various official or unofficial organizations. BB On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 7:29 PM, Bates - CDPHE, Scott > wrote: Hi all- I sit on our Early Childhood Leadership Coalition here in Colorado and we are looking for better, more positive, indicators of the primary prevention of child maltreatment. We currently use county rates of substantiated child maltreatment as an indicator and, as you may imagine, those rates are subject to too many local factors (e.g., case worker training, worker caseloads, etc.) to be comparable from county to county (our child welfare system is county-administered, state-supervised). I've looked at the data collected and am considering an indicator of new involvements as a function of child population (but I'm no epidemiologist or statistician, either!). Does anyone consider better indicators to measure child safety from maltreatment? Ideas regarding positively-worded indicators are especially welcome. Thanks! -Scott -- Scott Bates, MSW Program Manager Child Maltreatment Prevention Unit (Colorado Children's Trust Fund and Family Resource Centers) Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment scott.bates@state.co.us w (303) 692-2942 f (303) 691-7901 -- Bruce G. Borkosky, Psy.D. PA 1800 Lakeview Drive Sebring, FL 33870 863-386-0276 304-8-Dr-Bruce (google voice) 800-919-9008 Fax 813-200-8450 Email DrBorkosky@Gmail.com www.psyris.com/bruceborkosky www.bruceborkosky.com This communication is confidential and privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, please communicate the error immediately, and delete all copies.

Because 'maltreatment' is such a fuzzy (from a scientific point of view) measure, you would be better off by more basic parental behaviors - behaviors that can more easily be quantified. You would want to measure both positive/preferred and negative/unwanted behaviors. These behaviors might not currently be a part of your data collection / stream, so you might have to invent some. One example might be calls made to a helpme-hotline - increased calls might be construed as parents trying to improve their parenting behavior. You might also install a video camera in some homes (possibly less intrusive than a live person taking videos), and then counting the number of 'good' and 'bad' behaviors. As you probably know, there are a vast array of causal factors - one that might be easily measured is the number of inhome and out-of-home contacts with various official or unofficial organizations. BB On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 7:29 PM, Bates - CDPHE, Scott > wrote: Hi all- I sit on our Early Childhood Leadership Coalition here in Colorado and we are looking for better, more positive, indicators of the primary prevention of child maltreatment. We currently use county rates of substantiated child maltreatment as an indicator and, as you may imagine, those rates are subject to too many local factors (e.g., case worker training, worker caseloads, etc.) to be comparable from county to county (our child welfare system is county-administered, state-supervised). I've looked at the data collected and am considering an indicator of new involvements as a function of child population (but I'm no epidemiologist or statistician, either!). Does anyone consider better indicators to measure child safety from maltreatment? Ideas regarding positively-worded indicators are especially welcome. Thanks! -Scott -- Scott Bates, MSW Program Manager Child Maltreatment Prevention Unit (Colorado Children's Trust Fund and Family Resource Centers) Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment scott.batesstate.co.us w (303) 692-2942 f (303) 691-7901 -- Bruce G. Borkosky, Psy.D. PA 1800 Lakeview Drive Sebring, FL 33870 863-386-0276 304-8-Dr-Bruce (google voice) 800-919-9008 Fax 813-200-8450 Email DrBorkoskyGmail.com www.psyris.com/bruceborkosky www.bruceborkosky.com This communication is confidential and privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, please communicate the error immediately, and delete all copies.