Research Watch, is a joint McGill / University of Toronto intiative supported by funds from the Royal Bank of Canada, is a monthly journal club for faculty and doctoral students interested in child welfare research.  We review empirical studies published in the leading child welfare journals and select the most salient and rigorous studies to be summarized and distributed in a monthly e-newsletters. Subscribe here.

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Study finds strength of worker-client relationship, depressive symptoms and shorter treatment program predict client completion of preventive services for child neglect Kate Schumaker 06/26/2008
Study suggests long-term foster care does not worsen children’s behavior problems over time Elizabeth Fast 07/10/2008
Evaluation of a foster parent training program found positive effects on children’s placement changes Sydney Duder 07/24/2008
Systematic Review finds more rigorous studies needed to assess impact of independent living programs for youth leaving care Elizabeth Fast 08/07/2008
Worker attitudes found to have a significant effect on risk assessments and child placement recommendations Sydney Duder 08/21/2008
Concordance between adolescents’ self-reports and agency determinations of childhood maltreatment Tonino Esposito 09/04/2008
How do child welfare practitioners talk to resistant parents? Tonino Esposito 09/18/2008
Are children with disabilities at greater risk of maltreatment? Tonino Esposito 10/16/2008
Children at risk of maltreatment more likely to have mental health concerns but less likely to receive services Jonathan D. Schmidt 10/30/2008
Improving quality of life for adult foster care alumni with physical or psychiatric disabilities Sydney Duder 11/13/2008
Reunified children with higher behaviour problems and larger families more likely to re-enter foster care Jonathan D. Schmidt 12/11/2008
Integrated community-based continuum of care services for children in child welfare systems: better outcomes at less cost? Jonathan D. Schmidt 01/08/2009
Study finds support for kinship care placements Elizabeth Fast 02/05/2009
US study: high developmental and health care needs found in children involved in child welfare systems
Nicole Petrowski
Sophie Léveillé
Childhood abuse affects later parenting outcomes for American Indian tribes Elizabeth Fast 03/19/2009
Secure attachment patterns shown in many teen mothers and their infants Jonathan D. Schmidt 04/16/2009
Life skills training for youth in foster care had little effect Sydney Duder 05/21/2009
Cognitive-behaviour therapy a somewhat effective treatment for young offenders in residential care Stephen Ellenbogen 06/18/2009
Probability of Abuse in Childhood Fractures Michelle Ward, MD 07/02/2009
Recovery coaches reduce numbers of substance exposed births Sydney Duder 07/23/2009