Risk assessment in child protective services: A canonical analysis of the case management function

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between levels of risk and the patterns of service intervention in child protective services. A stratified, random sample of 239 cases from the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services was examined using canonical correlation techniques. Risk was measured using the Washington Risk Assessment Matrix while case management and service strategies were recorded from case records. Principal results indicate that three distinctive risk profiles operate in the data: older children with behavior problems, children from disadvantaged households, and children with an unemployed parent. Each can be linked to a distinctive service intervention pattern. Implications of these results for workflow management and workload are discussed as well as the implications for future research in the areas of risk assessment and case management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)599-612
Number of pages14
JournalChild Abuse and Neglect
Volume20
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Keywords

  • Case management
  • Risk assessment
  • Service delivery

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