For Better or Worse? Change in Service Use by Children Investigated by Child Welfare over a Decade

Ruth E. K. Stein, Michael S. Hurlburt, Amy M. Heneghan, Jinjin Zhang, Bonnie Kerker, John Landsverk, Sarah Mc Cue Horwitz

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Abstract

Background Children, particularly minority children, referred to child welfare because of suspected maltreatment are vulnerable and need many services. We sought to assess whether service use has improved over the past decade and whether racial-ethnic disparities in service use have decreased. Methods We used 2 national data sets (the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being [NSCAW] I and II) collected a decade apart to assess changes over time in health, education, mental health (MH), and dental services and overall service use. Results In NSCAW II more children were young, had lower Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) scores, and were Hispanic. We found significant increases in dental services, a decrease in special education services, and a decrease in MH services on the bivariate level (all P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-246
Number of pages7
JournalAcademic Pediatrics
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

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Keywords

  • child welfare
  • dental services
  • disparities
  • health
  • mental health
  • NSCAW
  • special education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Stein, R. E. K., Hurlburt, M. S., Heneghan, A. M., Zhang, J., Kerker, B., Landsverk, J., & Horwitz, S. M. C. (2016). For Better or Worse? Change in Service Use by Children Investigated by Child Welfare over a Decade. Academic Pediatrics, 16(3), 240-246. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acap.2016.01.019