Predicting the recipients of social work support and its impact on emotional and behavioural problems in early childhood

Zhang, Meng Le, Henderson, Morag, Cheung, Sin Yi, Scourfield, Jonathan and Sharland, Elaine (2016) Predicting the recipients of social work support and its impact on emotional and behavioural problems in early childhood. Child and Family Social Work. ISSN 1356-7500

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Abstract

This paper examines the recipients of social work support in the Millennium Cohort Study. Using panel analysis and fixed effects models it investigates the factors that lead to the receipt of any type of social work support for individuals with young children, and the effects of this support on changes in the prevalence of emotional and behavioural problems in these children. We find that divorce or separation, and episodes of homelessness are two important factors that lead to the receipt of social work support. Mothers with male children are also more likely to receive social work support. However, we find no clear evidence that social work support has any effect on changes in children’s emotional and behavioural problems over time. The implications of these findings for social work research, and for practice and policy are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Social work, Family social work, Mental health, Child development
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 05 May 2016 10:12
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 05:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/60759

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