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Child maltreatment and the use of social services

Show simple item record Ory, M. G., & Earp, J. A. 2014-11-10T16:34:47Z 2014-11-10T16:34:47Z 1981
dc.identifier.citation Ory, M. G., & Earp, J. A. (1981). Child maltreatment and the use of social services. Public Health Reports, 96(3), 238-245. en_US
dc.description.abstract A secondary analysis of 100 cases histories selected from social service records in a county department of social services (DSS) was conducted to examine the amount and kind of social services that persons identified as having maltreated a child received. Other objectives of the analysis were to observe the pattern of social service utilization over time and to discover what, if any, factors were associated with receiving social services. To accomplish these study objectives, two groups were selected for analysis: a target group of 50 families that had been reported to the county DSS for child maltreatment and a group of 50 families that had never been so reported. Both groups were composed mainly of young and socioeconomically deprived families that were characterized by poor incomes, little education, and low occupational levels. Analyses revealed significant differences in the amount and type of social services used by families in the target group and the comparison group. Although family structure was found to be related to the total amount of social service utilization, the degree of social disorganization within the family did not correlate with utilization. The study results indicate that the level of social services that protective service clients need and the level that they are actually getting should be re-examined. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Public Health Reports en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject utilization study en_US
dc.subject child protective services en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.title Child maltreatment and the use of social services en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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