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The course of the mental health and quality of life of maltreated children.


- candidate number13466
- NTR NumberNTR3674
- ISRCTNISRCTN wordt niet meer aangevraagd.
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR22-okt-2012
- Secondary IDs12-261 / 15700.2012; METC / ZonMw
- Public TitleThe course of the mental health and quality of life of maltreated children.
- Scientific TitleThe course of the mental health and quality of life of maltreated children between 5 and 16 years old over a 1,5 year period after they have been reported to a Dutch Child Protection Agency.
- ACRONYM
- hypothesisN/A
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedChild abuse, Mental health, Quality of life
- Inclusion criteria1. Minimum age: 5;
2. Maximum age: 16;
3. Expected time of residence in the Netherlands is at least one year, and there are no plans to leave the country;
4. Meeting the 'classical' definition of child maltreatment (including physical or emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical or emotional neglect;
5. One child per family. In case a report includes more than one child, the child with the highest concern will be asked to partcipate;
6. Sufficient verbal and cognitive capacities to participate in a study which requires an oral interview.
- Exclusion criteriaParticipants not meeting the aforementioned criteria.
- mec approval receivedyes
- multicenter trialno
- randomisedno
- groupParallel
- TypeSingle arm
- Studytypeobservational
- planned startdate 1-okt-2010
- planned closingdate1-mei-2014
- Target number of participants556
- InterventionsN/A
- Primary outcome1. Mental health;
2. Quality of life.
- Secondary outcomeFor children:
1. Perceived stress;
2. Perceived social support;
3. Coping;
4. Self-esteem;
5. Disclosure history.

For parents:
1. Quality of life;
2. Perceived stress in the upbringing of the children;
3. Perceived social support;
4. Coping;
5. Life events;
6. Neighborhood perception;
7. Gender related stress;
8. Alcohol consumption.

Background variables include gender, age, ethnical background, education level, current living situation, income, neighborhood characteristics and participation in (health care) interventions.
- TimepointsParent-child dyads will be studied shortly after a report to a Dutch Child Protection Agency and subsequently three more times (every 6 months) over the course of the following 1,5 years.
- Trial web siteN/A
- statusinclusion stopped: follow-up
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIES F. Unger-Snoeren
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIES F. Unger-Snoeren
- Sponsor/Initiator Trimbos-institute - Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction, CAPHRI, The Research Institute of the University Maastricht and University Hospital Maastricht (AZM)
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
ZON-MW, The Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development
- PublicationsN/A
- Brief summaryEvidence is accumulating on the relationship between child abuse and the future presence of mental health problems. Like most Western countries, in the Netherlands a system has been developed through which suspected cases of child maltreatment can be reported to a Child Protection Agency (Advies- en Meldpunt Kindermishandeling), both by professionals and by non-professionals. Such a report can be crucial for a child when investigation shows that the child has indeed been abused and subsequent interventions lead to the end of the abuse situation and provision of care for child and family. In the Netherlands the course of mental health and quality of life of maltreated children after reports to a Child Protection Agency has never been studied and it is not clear how relevant determinants (e.g. perceived social support or perceived stress) are associated with the mental health and quality of life of maltreated children.
The main objective of this study is to investigate the course of the mental health and quality of life of maltreated children after they have been reported to a Child Protection Agency. Secondary objectives are: (1) to examine how theoretically and practically relevant determinats influence the mental health and quality of life of maltreated children, and (2) to examine to what extent differences occur in mental health and quality if life when comparing maltreated children from the Netherlands, Morocco or Suriname.
We perform a prospective study in which 278 parent-child dyads are included. These parent-child dyads are studied for the first time shortly after the report to a Child Protection Agency and then three more times over the following 1,5 years. Several questionnaires will be used to study parameters.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD22-okt-2012 - 12-nov-2012


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