Child Neglect: A Guide for Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention (6 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course addresses the most common type of child maltreatment:  neglect.   It examines the complexity of child neglect along with its causes, effects, assessment and treatment.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

Author:  Diane DePanfilis

Publisher:  US Department of Health and Human Services; Administration for Children and Families; Administration on Children, Youth, and Families; Children’s Bureau; Office on Child Abuse and Neglect

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Program Objectives:  Describe the impact of neglect.  Identify risk and protective factors for neglect.  Describe the assessment and intervention process for childhood neglect.

Learning Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to child neglect.

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1: For questions 1-17, please refer to Chapter 2.  The most common type of child maltreatment is
2: What legislation provides minimum standards for defining child physical abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse?
3: A child consistently is inappropriately dressed for the weather, such as being in shorts and sandals in the middle of winter.  This is an example of ____________ neglect.
4: Situations need to recur over time in order to be considered neglect.
5: Repeatedly leaving a child in the custody of others for days or weeks at a time, possibly due to the unwillingness of the parent or the caregiver to maintain custody is an example of
6: Which of the following is an example of physical neglect?
7: When parents deny medical treatment to a child for religious beliefs
8: Exposure to hazards, such as poisons, guns, or weapons, is an example of
9: Chronic or extreme spouse abuse is an example of
10: Permitted, chronic truancy is described as permitting habitual absenteeism from school averaging at least ________ days a month if the parent or guardian is informed of the problem and does not attempt to intervene.
11: What legislation addresses the needs of newborns addicted or exposed to drugs?
12: According to the Third National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect, less than __________ of child abuse and neglect cases are reported to CPS.
13: Within the category of neglect, _____________ was the most commonly occurring type of neglect.
14: Susan J. Zuravin, Ph.D.,  recommends that CPS should focus on
15: It has been shown that subsequent referrals for maltreatment are most often for ______________, regardless of the type of maltreatment in the initial referral.
16: One study on recurrence that followed families for 5 years found that the highest probability for recurrence was within the first _____________ of the original occurrence of maltreatment.
17: A child neglect fatality is most likely to occur in which room of the child's home?
18: For questions 18-25, please refer to Chapter 3.  Research shows that after the age of ___________, neural synapses start to be 'pruned,' and certain pathways that are not used may be discarded.
19: Studies supporting the idea of a sensitive developmental period show that maltreated infants suffer from greater developmental disabilities than those children who were maltreated later in childhood.
20: To be able to learn, a child's brain needs to be in a state of _______________.
21: Failure to thrive is associated with child neglect and typically occurs in infants and toddlers under the age of ___________.
22: When failure to thrive is a result of the parent's neglectful behavior, it is considered
23: Studies have found that neglected children demonstrated a notable decline in academic performance upon entering
24: Studies have demonstrated that ___________ of maltreated infants form insecure attachments with their caregivers.
25: Research shows that neglected children do not necessarily perceive their upbringing to be abnormal or dysfunctional and may model their own parenting behavior on the behavior of their parents.  One study estimates that approximately __________ of neglected children will maltreat their own children.
26: For questions 26-44, please refer to Chapter 4.  Having ___________ or more major risk factors for neglect exponentially increases the potential for developmental problems.
27: Which type of child maltreatment is more directly associated with poverty?
28: According to Exhibit 4-1 on page 30, which of the following is an example of a situational risk factor?
29: Which of the following is an example of an underlying protective factor?
30: Poverty is a(n)
31: Within an economically disadvantaged sample, which is more positively correlated with child neglect?
32: Research shows that the presence of __________  or more positive and significant individuals in a child's life may act as a buffer against negative outcomes due to child abuse or neglect.
33: Characteristics of families that are more likely to have positive outcomes include
34: One study found that being a single-parent household increased the risk of child neglect by
35: One study found that in ____________ of neglect cases, domestic violence had occurred in the home.
36: In many families affected by domestic violence, the parents believe that their children are not witnessing the incidents, but reports from children show that between _____________ are aware of the abuse and can provide detailed accounts of it.
37: Job loss is an example of which category of stress?
38: One study found that the most common response given by mothers for supervisory neglect was
39: One study found that children whose parents abused alcohol and other drugs were more than ________________ more likely to be neglected than children whose parents did not.
40: Research shows that children under the age of __________ are most at risk for neglect.
41: Neglected children often demonstrate a distinct set of behaviors including all of the following except:
42: According to Exhibit 4-2, which of the following is an example of an internalized behavior?
43: Some child characteristics that appear to be protective factors against neglect include all of the following except:
44: Research shows that  resiliency
45: For questions 45-58, please refer to Chapter 5.  According to Exhibit 5-1, when does CPS determine whether maltreatment occurred?
46: Which of the following perspectives involves a shift from a deficit approach, which emphasizes problems, to a more positive partnership with the family?
47: For a case to be 'screened in,' there usually has to be
48: Determining whether child neglect has occurred is based on the answers to two primary questions:
49: Which of the following is an example of unmet physical and medical needs?
50: While State statutes vary, most CPS professionals agree that children under the age of __________ who are left alone for any substantial amount of time are being neglected.
51: A safety assessment
52: Risk and safety assessments
53: The family assessment is a comprehensive process designed
54: In interviews with the children, the emphasis will likely be on
55: During meeting with parents or caregivers, the caseworker should be alert to signs that could indicate the possibility of spouse abuse and avoid placing any adult in a situation that could increase the risk of harm.
56: The CPS caseworker has the primary responsibility of
57: Standardized assessment measures attempt to establish _______________ parenting standards, which, if not met, constitute evidence of neglect.
58: Which of the following dimensions of parenting would be more difficult to quantify along a continuum?
59: For questions 59-74, please refer to Chapter 6.  Efforts targeting single risk factors may be as effective in preventing neglect and its recurrence as programs that are individualized and offer multiple services.
60: Which of the following principles suggests that intervention should be directed at multiple levels, including the individual, the family system, and the larger social system?
61: Which of the following principles requires acceptance of and respect for differences, diversity of knowledge and skills, and adaptation of services to fit the target population's culture, situation, and perceived needs?
62: Some States have implemented a system in which only families with the most serious maltreatment or those at the highest risk are subject to mandatory CPS investigation.  This example best describes which of the following strategies?
63: Early intervention, family support, formal or informal services, parent education, housing assistance, and community neighborhood advocacy are responses suggested for families who are at ________________ for experiencing neglect.
64: When implementing family-centered strategies, _________________ is often the best strategy to prevent recurrence and is also a successful strategy for working with families at risk for neglect.
65: Which of the following is an example of social support?
66: Assistance programs for neglectful families are most likely to succeed when they provide
67: Families at risk of child neglect are most likely to regard assistance positively in all of the following examples except:
68: According to Exhibit 6-1, available and affordable quality child care is an example of which type of intervention?
69: According to Exhibit 6-1, a 12 step program is an example of which type of intervention?
70: Caseworkers should help families identify goals that are
71: Goals should be SMART, which is an acronym that encompasses all of the following except:
72: According to Exhibit 6-2, which of the following is not a desired client outcome for condemned housing?
73: The evaluation of a family's progress should address which of the following issues?
74: What promising practice was designated by the Children's Bureau as the only nominated child maltreatment prevention program proven effective by a rigorous evaluation?

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Parenting A Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect