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Event Date: 

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 12:00pmDirector, Institute for Research on Poverty and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor School of Social Work, UW-Madison

Event Location: 

1335 Health Sciences Learning Center

Contact Info: 

Rosalind Bendix-Lewis, (608) 265-0516

PHS Monday Seminar- Lawrence (Lonnie) Berger, MSW, PhD: "Can Improving Access to Economic Resources Prevent Child Maltreatment? Preliminary Results from a Randomized Experiment"


A wealth of evidence documents that economic hardship is highly correlated with child maltreatment, with recent quasi-experimental studies suggesting that this link may be causal in nature. Thus, knowing whether, how, and for whom economic support interventions may reduce child abuse and neglect has the potential to inform the development of a comprehensive child maltreatment prevention infrastructure. This seminar will present preliminary results from a randomized evaluation of Project GAIN (Getting Access to Income Now), an intervention designed to assist families at high risk for child maltreatment in accessing economic resources, reducing financial stressors, and increasing economic stability. More than 6,000 such families in Milwaukee, WI were randomly assigned to either Project GAIN or a control group over a four-year period. All families were followed for two years post randomization using an extensive array of administrative data on Child Protective Services (CPS) involvement, earnings, and public social welfare benefit program participation. Intent-to-treat and treatment-on-the-treated estimates for program effects on CPS involvement over the two-year follow-up period will be presented.

Supplemental Materials: 
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