Child Welfare

  • Journal Article

    School Intervention Related to School and Community Violence

    This article describes how schools can circumvent several key barriers to mental health service provision, outcomes that school interventions target, and the role of the family in school-based services.

    Mar 28, 2014

  • Content

    Nurturing Children and Families

    RAND Labor and Population conducts several projects, provides survey and other data, and produces many publications on the topic of children and families.

    Jan 22, 2014

  • Journal Article

    Early Puberty, Negative Peer Influence, and Problem Behaviors in Adolescent Girls

    Early puberty and friends' deviance may increase the risk of problem behavior in young adolescent girls. Although many of these associations dissipate over time, early-maturing girls are at risk of persistently higher delinquency and stronger negative peer influences.

    Jan 1, 2014

  • News Release

    Poor Health of Irish Immigrants in England May Be Linked to Childhood Abuse

    Explanations about the struggles among Irish immigrants that rely exclusively on troubled assimilation may be missing a significant part of the story. A large fraction of them suffered from well-documented physical and sexual abuse among Irish children born between 1920 and 1960.

    Dec 17, 2013

  • Report

    Maternal Depression: Implications for Systems Serving Mothers and Children

    Since women are almost twice as likely as men to experience depression and most women age 15 to 50 have children, maternal depression is an important issue. This report informs policymakers and practitioners of evidence connecting maternal depression and negative outcomes for both mother and child.

    Aug 12, 2013

  • Blog

    Father's Day: The Important Role Fathers Play in Children's Upbringing

    Research shows that engaged fathers have a positive influence on their children. Educational success, better social development, and higher self-esteem are some of the documented effects on children who have dads involved in their everyday life.

    Jun 14, 2013

  • Report

    Current Developments in Parenting Support in European Member States

    As part of the European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC), the European Commission's Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion asked RAND Europe to review parenting support initiatives in Europe. The scope, organisation, delivery and funding of parenting support services varies considerably across and within Member States. Nevertheless, a common set of characteristic features of parenting support can be identified in the European context.

    Jun 14, 2013

  • Blog

    Investing in Children

    The historic objective of Children's Day — celebrated in many European countries on the first day of June — was not simply to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring attention to children around the world who suffer from exploitation, violence, and discrimination.

    May 31, 2013

  • Blog

    The State of the Union 2013

    The 2013 SOTU address will be remembered for its impassioned call for greater gun control just two months after Sandy Hook. But President Obama's second-term agenda can be characterized by its sheer breadth, reflecting the broad range of policy challenges facing the U.S. today.

    Feb 13, 2013

  • Content

    Children's Exposure to Violence: Frequency May Not Be the Best Predictor of Negative Symptoms

    Child exposure to violence raises concerns about not just physical harm, but also developmental and mental health risks.

    Feb 4, 2013

  • Journal Article

    Assessing Programs Designed to Improve Outcomes for Children Exposed to Violence: Results from Nine Randomized Controlled Trials

    The study tests whether participation in interventions offered by a subset of sites from the National Safe Start Promising Approaches for Children Exposed to Violence initiative improved outcomes for children relative to controls.

    Feb 1, 2013

  • Blog

    Firearms and Gun Control: Many Questions, Some Answers

    President Obama's task force on gun violence has raised the stakes in the policy debate on gun control and policy in the wake of the recent shootings in Colorado and Connecticut. Some of RAND's top researchers share what is, and what isn't, known about firearms and gun control.

    Jan 17, 2013

  • Content

    Healing After the Sandy Hook Tragedy

    Nothing can reverse the Newtown disaster, but research can guide survivors toward recovery and may prevent future tragedies.

    Jan 3, 2013

  • Blog

    Responding to Newtown

    Art Kellermann reviews what is known from broad outlines of the Newtown attack and past research on gun violence to offer some preliminary thoughts to the Obama Administration's task force and the public.

    Dec 26, 2012

  • Blog

    Silencing the Science on Gun Research

    The United States has long relied on public health science to improve the safety, health, and lives of its citizens. Perhaps the same straightforward, problem-solving approach that worked well in other circumstances can help the nation meet the challenge of firearm violence, writes Arthur Kellermann.

    Dec 21, 2012

  • Journal Article

    How Long After a Miscarriage Should Women Wait Before Becoming Pregnant Again?

    Research in Matlab, Bangladesh, reveals that the shorter the interpregnancy interval (IPI) following a miscarriage, the more likely the subsequent pregnancy is to result in a live birth. However, very short IPIs are associated with a higher risk of mortality for the infants born after them.

    Aug 20, 2012

  • Blog

    Helping Kids Cope with the Effects of Violence and Trauma

    The impact of violence and trauma on children has led RAND and its partners to focus not only on studying the problem, but working collaboratively to find interventions that help address a significant public health need.

    May 29, 2012

  • Report

    What Are the Best Ways to Prevent and Reduce the Impact of Children’s Exposure to Violence?

    Safe Start Promising Approaches (SSPA) is the second phase of a community-based initiative focused on developing and fielding interventions to prevent and reduce the impact of children's exposure to violence. This report shares the results of SSPA, which was intended to implement and evaluate promising and evidence-based programs in 15 program sites across the country.

    Jan 4, 2012

  • Journal Article

    Responding to Students with PTSD in Schools

    Students who have experienced a traumatic event are at increased risk for academic, social, and emotional problems as a result of these experiences.

    Jan 1, 2012

  • Journal Article

    Schools Can Be a Powerful Setting for PTSD Interventions

    The Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools Program (CBITS) is a targeted intervention for school children who have experienced a traumatic or violent event and have symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder.

    Jan 1, 2012