This study examined the relationship between receipt of child care subsidies and child maltreatment investigations in a sample of low-income mothers in Illinois. We expected that receiving child care subsidies would have a protective effect on child maltreatment risk and therefore decrease the likelihood of child protective services investigations. Using structural equation modelling, we tested the direct and indirect paths of the receipt of child care subsidies to physical abuse or neglect. We found only direct effects of receiving child care subsidies on both physical abuse and neglect investigations. The findings suggest an important protective role of child care subsidies in the lives of low-income families.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Child and Family Social Work|
|State||Published - Nov 1 2019|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Administrative data linkages were developed by the Chapin Hall Center for Children, and survey data were collected by the Meto Chicago Inforamtion Center (MCIC). The project was supported by the Secondary Analysis of Data on Early Care and Education, Grant 90YE0173, from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
© 2019 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
- child abuse
- child care subsidy
- child maltreatment
- child neglect
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)
- Sociology and Political Science