Preventing and Reporting Abuse

Published in: The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment, Second Ed. / John E. B. Myers, Lucy Berliner, John Briere, C. Terry Hendrix, Carole Jenny and Theresa A. Reid (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2002), Chapter 22, p. 449-475

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2002

by Gail L. Zellman, C. Christine Fair

The incidence and prevalence of child maltreatment are continuing concerns. A number of sources have been tapped to yield incidence and prevalence figures. Official reports, which are mandated under state laws, provide an important national source of incidence and prevalence data. Large, rigorous incidence studies funded by the federal government track cases and estimate the percentage that result in formal reports. This chapter presents findings from each of these very different indicators and attempts to integrate their findings. Because officially reported cases have the clearest implications for the child protective system, the authors focus particularly on several important issues related to outcomes for officially reported cases.

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