Inter-agency collaboration factors affecting multidisciplinary workers' ability to identify child maltreatment

Ayumi Okato, Tasuku Hashimoto, Mami Tanaka, Naoki Saito, Mamiko Endo, Jun Okayama, Akiko Ichihara, Saki Eshima, Satoshi Handa, Masayoshi Senda, Yasunori Sato, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Michiko Nakazato, Masaomi Iyo

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Objectives: This study aimed to clarify the factors of successful inter-agency collaboration that affect multidisciplinary workers' abilities to identify child maltreatment. A questionnaire-based survey was conducted; the contents of the questionnaire included the Collaboration Evaluation Scale we developed and the workers' abilities to identify child maltreatment. In total, 277 individuals from various agencies in Japan participated in this study. To examine the factors of successful inter-agency collaboration affecting workers' awareness of child maltreatment, we used hierarchical multiple regression analysis. Results: The analysis showed the positive effect of "commitment with loyalty"on the workers' awareness of child maltreatment-related information in all fields (β =.18-.31, p <.05), the effect of "strong leadership"on information about maltreated children and the home environment (β =.18, p <.05; β =.16, p <.05, respectively), and the effect of "resources"on the information about mothers' information during pregnancy and of fathers' feelings towards their children during the perinatal period (β =.17, p <.05; β =.22, p <.01, respectively). In conclusion, commitment with loyalty, strong leadership, and resources are factors of successful inter-agency collaboration that affects the ability of multidisciplinary workers to recognize signs of child maltreatment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number323
JournalBMC Research Notes
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul 6

Keywords

  • Child abuse
  • Child maltreatment
  • Factor
  • Inter-agency collaboration
  • Multidisciplinary approach
  • Prevention of child maltreatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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    Okato, A., Hashimoto, T., Tanaka, M., Saito, N., Endo, M., Okayama, J., Ichihara, A., Eshima, S., Handa, S., Senda, M., Sato, Y., Watanabe, H., Nakazato, M., & Iyo, M. (2020). Inter-agency collaboration factors affecting multidisciplinary workers' ability to identify child maltreatment. BMC Research Notes, 13(1), [323]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-020-05162-7