• Dec 2011/Jan 2012
  • Vol. 12, No. 9

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Reports Examine NSCAW II Baseline Data

 A series of new reports presents the first round of data from the second National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW II). NSCAW II is a longitudinal study that examines the functioning, service needs, and service use of children who come in contact with the child welfare system.

Researchers collected data between March 2008 and September 2009 on a sample of 5,873 children ranging in age from birth to 17.5 years at the time of sampling. Interviews were conducted with children, caregivers, and child protective services investigators. This initial data collection will serve as a baseline for the full study. The resulting five reports examine various aspects of the well-being of children involved with child welfare agencies, including information about the abuse or neglect that brought the child into the study, characteristics of the child's family, and children's exposure to violence.

The five Baseline Reports currently available include:

  • Introduction to NSCAW II provides an overview of the history of the study, a discussion of the study methodology, and a summary of the characteristics of children and caregivers who participated in the baseline data collection effort.
  • Child Well-Being describes the well-being of children during the baseline data collection, including their physical and mental health, substance use, sexual behavior, illegal activity, cognitive development, academic achievement, and social competence.
  • Maltreatment describes the characteristics of maltreatment in reports of child abuse or neglect, as well as parents' and children's descriptions of violence or aggression toward the child.
  • Caregiver Health and Services describes the health, well-being, and services received by caregivers.
  • Caseworker Characteristics, Child Welfare Services, and Experiences of Children Placed in Out-of-Home Care describes child and family contact with investigative caseworkers and the child welfare system, including descriptions of the investigative caseworkers, the service needs of the children and families, and their interaction and satisfaction with the caseworker and child welfare system.

The study is sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The reports, prepared by RTI International, are available on the OPRE website:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/abuse_neglect/nscaw/index.html#briefs2

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