Race, ethnicity, and case outcomes in child protective services

Yuhwa Eva Lu, John Landsverk, Elissa Ellis-Macleod, Rae Newton, William Ganger, Ivory Johnson

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    This study reviews the records of 3936 children and adolescents under the age of 17 who were referred to the public receiving home for suspected maltreatment. The study examines the correlation between background characteristics (i.e. age, gender, race/ethnicity, reasons for referral), and case outcome decisions (i.e. case open to service, out-of-home placement, and family reunification), using bivariate and multivariate analysis. Racial/ethnic differences are observed. Compared to census data, African Americans are the only over-represented group. Latinos, Asians, and Anglos are all under-represented. Significant differences were detected when race/ethnicity was analyzed with respect to the case opened, length of stay in the foster care, and length of time for family reunification. African American subjects are consistently observed in each outcome category at higher proportions than all other racial/ethnic groups, both mainstream and minority populations.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)447-461
    Number of pages15
    JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
    Volume26
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

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    reunification
    African Americans
    ethnicity
    maltreatment
    Censuses
    Hispanic Americans
    Ethnic Groups
    multivariate analysis
    Length of Stay
    ethnic group
    census
    Referral and Consultation
    Multivariate Analysis
    minority
    adolescent
    gender
    Population
    Group
    American
    Child Protective Services

    Keywords

    • Adolescents
    • Ethnicity
    • Race

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Sociology and Political Science

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    Lu, Y. E., Landsverk, J., Ellis-Macleod, E., Newton, R., Ganger, W., & Johnson, I. (2004). Race, ethnicity, and case outcomes in child protective services. Children and Youth Services Review, 26(5), 447-461. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2004.02.002

    Race, ethnicity, and case outcomes in child protective services. / Lu, Yuhwa Eva; Landsverk, John; Ellis-Macleod, Elissa; Newton, Rae; Ganger, William; Johnson, Ivory.

    In: Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 26, No. 5, 01.01.2004, p. 447-461.

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    Lu, YE, Landsverk, J, Ellis-Macleod, E, Newton, R, Ganger, W & Johnson, I 2004, 'Race, ethnicity, and case outcomes in child protective services', Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 447-461. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2004.02.002
    Lu YE, Landsverk J, Ellis-Macleod E, Newton R, Ganger W, Johnson I. Race, ethnicity, and case outcomes in child protective services. Children and Youth Services Review. 2004 Jan 1;26(5):447-461. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2004.02.002
    Lu, Yuhwa Eva ; Landsverk, John ; Ellis-Macleod, Elissa ; Newton, Rae ; Ganger, William ; Johnson, Ivory. / Race, ethnicity, and case outcomes in child protective services. In: Children and Youth Services Review. 2004 ; Vol. 26, No. 5. pp. 447-461.
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