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Poverty and Economic Conditions
While most people in financial need do not maltreat their children, poverty can increase the likelihood of maltreatment, particularly when poverty is combined with other risk factors such as depression, substance abuse, and social isolation.
Addressing Poverty as a Major Risk Factor in Child Neglect: Promising Policy and Practice
Duva & Metzger
Protecting Children, 25(1), 2010
Reviews the connection between poverty and child neglect and presents creative approaches to addressing risk factors in families affected by poverty.
Addressing the Needs of Vulnerable Families During an Economic Crisis
Highlights the impact of poverty and economic shifts on families and child maltreatment. (PDF - 169 KB)
Answering Fundamental Questions: The Connections and Myths of Poverty and Child Neglect (PDF - 1116 KB)
Casey Family Services
Voice, 9(1), 2008
Explores the relationship between poverty and child neglect and discusses barriers to family support.
Child Welfare Practice and Child Poverty in Rural NC
Family Support and Child Welfare Services Statewide Training Partnership
Training Matters, 8(3), 2007
Discusses the impact of poverty on children in rural North Carolina including the connection of multiple poverty characteristics to neglect. (PDF - 108 KB)
The Effect of Family Income on Risk of Child Maltreatment (PDF - 240 KB)
Cancian, Slack, & Yang (2010)
Presents data from the Child Support Demonstration Evaluation and the TANF Integrated Data Project that evaluates differences in family income to measure the effects of income on the risk of maltreatment reported to the child welfare system.
Exploring the Risks of Substantiated Physical Neglect Related to Poverty and Parental Characteristics: A National Sample
Carter & Myers
Children and Youth Services Review, 29(1), 2007
Estimates the effects of several indicators of poverty and parental characteristics associated with substantiated physical neglect.
Factors Influencing Child Maltreatment Among Families Leaving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (PDF - 857 KB)
Examines the transitional period off of TANF and the risk it creates for child maltreatment in rural Ohio.
Prevention of Child Neglect: Toward a Community-Level Approach
Family and Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly, 1(4), 2009
Explains the relationship between child maltreatment, economic conditions, and poverty.
The Recession and Child Maltreatment (PDF - 495 KB)
Sell, Zlotnik, Noonan, & Rubin (2010)
Reviews prior and recent recessions, their effects on families and child maltreatment, and strategies for minimizing child maltreatment rates during recessions.
Remaining vs. Removal: Preventing Premature Removal When Poverty Is Confused With Neglect (PDF - 1320 KB)
Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal, 12(4), 2009
Discusses the relationship between poverty and neglect in Michigan and examines how poverty may be mistaken for neglect.
Social Capital, Family Violence, and Neglect
Zolotor & Runyan
Pediatrics, 117(6), 2006
Evaluates low social capital as a risk for harsh physical punishment and neglect in North and South Carolina.