Training Social Work Providers: Maltreatment Intervention
Core Function: Research and Evaluation
Child maltreatment is a serious public health issue, affecting close to a million children nationally every year. The establishment of effective evidence-based interventions for high-risk families is essential to curtail the devastating long-term effects of maltreatment. The study will test the effectiveness of a relationship-based intervention (Promoting First Relationships) in improving outcomes for families referred to Child Protective Services (CPS) for maltreatment.
The specific aims of this study are to: (1) test the effectiveness of training community social welfare service providers in the use of attachment-based interventions by measuring their pre-training and post-training service provision strategies and interactions with maltreating families; (2) test the effects of a relationship and attachment-based intervention with infants/toddlers of parents identified as maltreating by comparing them to a control group on rates of re-referral to CPS, severity of referral, and foster care placement; and (3) conduct a test of the effectiveness of an attachment-based intervention on child well-being by comparing experimental and control groups on important outcomes.