Evaluation of Family Preservation and Reunification Programs: Final Report - Volume Two. 3.10 Relationship of Placement and Subsequent Harm to Amount of Service

09/01/2002

The preceding analysis focuses on differences between cases assigned to family preservation and the control group. But some cases in the experimental group received relatively low levels of service while cases in the control group may have received more services than usual. One can examine the relationship between the amount of service provided, regardless of whether the case is in the experimental or control group, and outcomes. In this analysis we measured level of service in two ways, both drawn from the post-treatment interview with the caretaker: the caretaker's report of the number of contacts with the worker and the caretaker's

Table 3-15
Caregiver's Report Of Contact With Caseworker And Caseworker Activities As Predictors Of Subsequent Placement And Substantiated Maltreatment
  KY, NJ, TN
N Exp(B) p
Placement within 18 months and caseworker contact 749    
Constant   .39  
Number of times met with worker since last interview   1.000 .89
Number of placements within 18 months after random assignment date 208    
Placement within 18 months and caseworker activities 749    
Constant   .40  
Number of caseworker activities (as reported by caregiver)   .99 .68
Number of placements w/in 18 months after random assignment date 208    
Substantiated allegation within 18 months and caseworker contact 753    
Constant   .25  
Number of times met with worker since last interview   1.003 .12
Number of substantiated allegations 18 months after random assignment date 161    
Substantiated allegation within 18 months and caseworker activities 753    
Constant   .26  
Number of CW activities (as reported by caregiver)   1.01 .68
Number of substantiated allegations 18 months after random assignment date 161    

report of the number of caseworker activities. The relationship between these variables and placement and subsequent substantiated allegations of harm was examined through logistic regression, reported in Table 3-15. As can be seen in the table, there were no significant relationships between the level of service and these outcomes, all of the odds ratios for the predictive variables were quite close to one.

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