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Child Welfare Process and Outcomes: Caregiver Cognitive Impairment: Secondary Analysis Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (CIS-2003), 2009/10.

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McConnell, David.
Feldman, Maurice.
Aunos, Marjorie.
Prasad, Narasimha.
Westad, Callie.
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University of Alberta. Family and Disability Studies Initiative.
Technical Report
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With a special report on Child Welfare Involvement of Mothers With Mental Health Issues.

This report discusses findings from a study that investigated the prevalence and outcomes for children of parents with perceived cognitive impairments involved in child maltreatment investigations in Canada. Chapter 1 provides an introduction and descriptive analysis of the prevalence, outcomes and characteristics of parents with cognitive impairments and their children. The substantive findings of the study are presented in Chapters 2 and 3. Chapter 2 discusses whether parental cognitive impairment predicts child maltreatment investigation outcomes after controlling for many variables including but not limited to indicators of child maltreatment type, severity, and chronicity, and indicators of poverty and co-morbidity. In Chapter 3, variation in maltreatment investigation outcomes for children of parents with cognitive impairments is examined. Overall findings of the study suggest that mothers with mental health issues are involved in a substantial minority of all cases opened for child maltreatment investigation in Canada. Further, the data suggests that these mothers almost always face a list of environmental and personal challenges that may only compound the difficulties they already face in coping with their illness while managing their parenting role. The need for timely intervention that is aimed at supporting these mothers is stressed. 28 references. (Author abstract modified)

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