By Stephanie Castillo
For children in families receiving public assistance, even a modest increase in child support income can make a world of difference to their well-being.
Mothers who are allowed to receive all, rather than partial, child support payments are less likely to be investigated for child abuse.
This is one of the key findings of a new study published in the September 2013 Social Service Review, “The Effect of Additional Child Support Income on the Risk of Child Maltreatment.”
“One of the exciting consequences of this research is that it encourages the child maltreatment prevention world to take greater notice of the economic context of families at risk for child maltreatment, and to see this context as a potential intervention point,” said Kristen Shook Slack, professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The study, by researchers Maria Cancian and Kristen Shook Slack of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Mi-Youn Yang (Ph.D. ’12) of Louisiana State University, explores the role that a full child support pass-through and disregard plays in child maltreatment, based on data from a former evaluation of Wisconsin’s child support program in...