A Survey of Swedish Teachers' Concerns for Preschool Children at Risk of Maltreatment
2015 (English)In: Early Childhood Education Journal, ISSN 1082-3301, E-ISSN 1573-1707, Vol. 43, no 6, 495-503 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this study was to investigate a problem that is related to pre-school teachers' prolonged and temporary concerns for children's home situations and the extent to which these children were in need of special support in pre-school and/or were reported to the CPA. Data were obtained from a Swedish prospective study (the SOFIA-study) including 2,017 pre-school children. In this specific study, data from pre-school teacher and parent questionnaires were analyzed (baseline 2010, follow up 2011). Four groups were compared: no concern (85 %), newly arisen concern (6 %), previous concern (5 %), and prolonged concern (4 %). When pre-school teachers expressed prolonged concerns for the children's home situations they not only expressed lasting multiple concerns for children's health and development but also reported long-term problems in the contact between staff and parents. There was an obvious association between concern for the home situation and assessed need of special support in pre-school (37 % in the prolonged concern group). Reports to the child protection agency were made in a minority of the cases. In conclusion, pre-school teachers' concern for children at risk of maltreatment can be understood from a broad perspective on children's health and development. This study highlights the importance of early assessment of the child's home situation, to ensure that proper support is given.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 43, no 6, 495-503 p.
Children at risk of maltreatment, Child abuse, Prevention, Pre-school, Chronic health condition, Disabilities, Detection, Support
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject Public Health Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-40687DOI: 10.1007/s10643-014-0684-zISI: 000364001800006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-40687DiVA: diva2:906624