By AnnaKathryn Kruger
It’s easy to imagine that having a little extra money goes a long way when it comes to raising children. But is it possible that children in families living at or below poverty level are at a higher risk for abuse and neglect?
Professors Kristen Slack and Lawrence Berger from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board and Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, and with support from Casey Family Programs, have developed a study to help determine whether a family’s access to economic resources may impact their likelihood of being reported to child protective services.
In an interview for Wisconsin Public Radio’s University of the Air, Slack explains that one of the most salient questions in the field of child maltreatment prevention is whether observed neglect is due to a family’s lack of basic necessities, or more so, problematic parenting...