Assessment of the Child Maltreatment Risk in Massachusetts
Abstract: Child maltreatment is one of the most challenging public health issues facing families in Massachusetts. To help policymakers make informed decisions for the prevention of child maltreatment in Massachusetts, we identified hotspot clusters of child maltreatment counts and rates across the state and areas with a high risk of child maltreatment but low access to existing Family Centers tha... read moret served prevent risks. To better understand mechanisms underlying these spatial patterns, we confirmed the presence of the spatial autocorrelation in regression residuals from the OLS regression model, improved the estimates by conducting spatial lag regression analysis, and identified areas with unusual characteristics that warrant further study. Our findings help portray the landscape of child maltreatment risks in Massachusetts and inform the strategic allocation of service resources in Massachusetts to ensure prevention programs are better targeted to under-served areas with a high risk of child maltreatment.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2017.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisors: Sumeeta Srinivasan, and Thomas Stopka.
Keyword: Public health.read less