Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Christopher A. Kearney
Number of Pages
Currently, there is a lack of standardized procedures in Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies in regards to risk assessment for child neglect. Available child neglect assessment measures often lack empirical support or are limited by response bias due to the focus on parental responsibility. This study utilized interviews with CPS employees to obtain descriptions of child neglect situations. A questionnaire was then generated based on the interviews and distributed to additional CPS employees. The questionnaire examined respondents' likelihood to substantiate each item as neglect, the frequency each item occurred and the perceived level of harm for each item across multiple child age categories. Factor analysis was conducted to create an item pool for future development of tool that is sensitive to child age and special needs. Recommendations for future directions were also provided.
Age; Child; Development; Initial; Needs; Neglect; Phases; Relevance; Scale; Special
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Stowman, Stephanie Ann, "Relevance of age and special needs in initial development phases of a child neglect scale" (2005). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1912.