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September 2005Vol. 6, No. 7Using NSCAW Research to Improve Policy and Practice

Researchers from universities and private organizations recently presented findings on child maltreatment research, based on data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW). The NSCAW is a research project of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families that collects longitudinal data on at-risk children. Papers were presented at an invitation-only conference, "Child Protection: Using Research to Improve Policy and Practice." Held in July in Washington, DC, the conference was co-sponsored by the Brookings Welfare Reform and Beyond Initiative, the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The presentations featured a variety of topics in child welfare. They include:

  • A Basic Epidemiology of Child Maltreatment and Placement: Implications for Policy, Practice, and Research (F. Wulczyn)
  • Identification of Young Maltreated Children's Developmental Delays (S. Rosenberg, E. Smith, and A. Levinson)
  • Intimate Partner Violence in the Child Welfare System: Findings from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (A. Hazen, C. Connelly, K. Kelleher, J. Landsverk, and R. Barth)
  • Initial Construction of an Actuarial Risk Assessment Measure Using the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (A. Shlonsky)
  • Predictors of Reunification (J. B. Wildfire, R. Barth, and R. Green)
  • Placement Stability and Early Behavioral Outcomes Among Children in Out-of-Home Care (D. Rubin, L. Hafner, X. Luan, and A. R. Localio)
  • Kinship Care and Foster Care: Informing the New Debate (R. Barth, S. Guo, and R. L. Green)
  • Educational Outcome (S. H. Shin)
  • Child Maltreatment Recurrence Among Children Remaining In-home: Re-reports, Caregiver and Youth Self-report, and Underreporting (P. Kohl and R. Barth)
  • Physical Abuse and Adolescent Outcomes (J. Eckenrode, C. Izzo, and E. Smith)
  • Building on Strengths: Current Status and Opportunities for Improvement of Parent Training for Families in Child Welfare (M. Hurlburt, R. Barth, L. Leslie, and J. Landsverk)
  • Family Service Needs: Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Service Need for Parents and Children Involved with Child Welfare (A. Libby, H. Orton, R. Barth, and B. Burns)
  • Medicaid and Mental Health Care for Children in the Child Welfare System (R. Raghavan)
  • Impact of Systems of Care on Likelihood of Service Receipt (J. Landsverk)

More information on the NSCAW may be found on Administration for Children and Families website at