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Design of a prospective study on mental health and quality of life of maltreated children (aged 5-16 years) after a report to an advice and reporting center on child abuse and neglect.

Snoeren F, Hoefnagels C, Evers SM, Lamers-Winkelman F - BMC Public Health (2013)

Bottom Line: Studies have repeatedly shown that victims of child maltreatment report significantly more adverse life outcomes than non-victims.Data will be analyzed using a longitudinal multi-level analysis.NTR3674, funded by ZonMw, project 15700.2012.

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Affiliation: Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction, Trimbos Institute, PO Box 725, Utrecht, 3500 AS, Netherlands. funger@trimbos.nl.

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Background: Child maltreatment is recognized as a widespread problem with huge implications for mental health and quality of life. Studies have repeatedly shown that victims of child maltreatment report significantly more adverse life outcomes than non-victims. The main objective of the study is (1) to examine the mental health and quality of life of maltreated children over a 1.5 year period beginning shortly after a report has been filed with an Advies- en Meldpunt Kindermishandeling (AMK) (advice and reporting center on child abuse and neglect). Secondary objectives are: (2) to examine how relevant determinants influence the mental health and quality of life of maltreated children, and (3) to examine differences in mental health and quality of life outcomes when comparing families of Dutch origin with families originating from Morocco and Suriname.

Methods/design: A prospective study will be performed, in which parent-child dyads will be followed over a 1.5 year period. Participants will be recruited shortly after the report to the AMK and they will be asked to complete a questionnaire four times, at baseline and every six months thereafter. Data will be analyzed using a longitudinal multi-level analysis.

Discussion: The study is expected to yield evidence about the mental health and quality of life of maltreated children and about determinants that influence their mental health and quality of life outcomes. Strengths of this study are (1) the design which makes it possible to start examining outcomes shortly after or even during the actual maltreatment and to follow parent-child dyads for 1.5 years, and (2) asking children as informants about their own situation by making use of self-report questionnaires as much as possible. Limitations include the risks of selection bias and loss to follow-up during 1.5 years of data collection.

Trial registration: NTR3674, funded by ZonMw, project 15700.2012.

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Mentions: To answer the research questions, a prospective study will be performed in which parent–child dyads will be asked to complete a questionnaire on four occasions over a 1.5 year period. Baseline assessment will take place shortly after the child maltreatment report is filed with an AMK. Parent–child dyads will be approached for follow-up assessments every six months. Figure 1 presents the flow chart of the study.


Design of a prospective study on mental health and quality of life of maltreated children (aged 5-16 years) after a report to an advice and reporting center on child abuse and neglect.

Snoeren F, Hoefnagels C, Evers SM, Lamers-Winkelman F - BMC Public Health (2013)

Flow chart of study design.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 1: Flow chart of study design.
Mentions: To answer the research questions, a prospective study will be performed in which parent–child dyads will be asked to complete a questionnaire on four occasions over a 1.5 year period. Baseline assessment will take place shortly after the child maltreatment report is filed with an AMK. Parent–child dyads will be approached for follow-up assessments every six months. Figure 1 presents the flow chart of the study.

Bottom Line: Studies have repeatedly shown that victims of child maltreatment report significantly more adverse life outcomes than non-victims.Data will be analyzed using a longitudinal multi-level analysis.NTR3674, funded by ZonMw, project 15700.2012.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction, Trimbos Institute, PO Box 725, Utrecht, 3500 AS, Netherlands. funger@trimbos.nl.

ABSTRACT

Background: Child maltreatment is recognized as a widespread problem with huge implications for mental health and quality of life. Studies have repeatedly shown that victims of child maltreatment report significantly more adverse life outcomes than non-victims. The main objective of the study is (1) to examine the mental health and quality of life of maltreated children over a 1.5 year period beginning shortly after a report has been filed with an Advies- en Meldpunt Kindermishandeling (AMK) (advice and reporting center on child abuse and neglect). Secondary objectives are: (2) to examine how relevant determinants influence the mental health and quality of life of maltreated children, and (3) to examine differences in mental health and quality of life outcomes when comparing families of Dutch origin with families originating from Morocco and Suriname.

Methods/design: A prospective study will be performed, in which parent-child dyads will be followed over a 1.5 year period. Participants will be recruited shortly after the report to the AMK and they will be asked to complete a questionnaire four times, at baseline and every six months thereafter. Data will be analyzed using a longitudinal multi-level analysis.

Discussion: The study is expected to yield evidence about the mental health and quality of life of maltreated children and about determinants that influence their mental health and quality of life outcomes. Strengths of this study are (1) the design which makes it possible to start examining outcomes shortly after or even during the actual maltreatment and to follow parent-child dyads for 1.5 years, and (2) asking children as informants about their own situation by making use of self-report questionnaires as much as possible. Limitations include the risks of selection bias and loss to follow-up during 1.5 years of data collection.

Trial registration: NTR3674, funded by ZonMw, project 15700.2012.

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