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Bias in Child Maltreatment Reporting
Last registered on March 03, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Bias in Child Maltreatment Reporting
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007289
Initial registration date
March 03, 2021
Last updated
March 03, 2021 11:00 AM EST
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Yale Law School
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Yale Law School
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2021-03-04
End date
2021-03-18
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The purpose of this research is to study the implicit biases that may be present in child maltreatment reporting decisions. Participants in this study are randomly assigned to either the mandatory reporter condition or the permissive reporter condition. Participants will read a series of ten short vignettes detailing interactions between a parent and their child. They will then be asked to decide how likely they are to report the interaction to the authorities as suspected child abuse or neglect (definitely report, likely to report, unlikely to report, definitely not report). They will be asked to answer several demographic questions at the end of the survey.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Ayres, Ian and Sonia Qin. 2021. "Bias in Child Maltreatment Reporting." AEA RCT Registry. March 03. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7289-1.0.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2021-03-04
Intervention End Date
2021-03-18
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
We are interested in seeing the reporting decisions for each vignette.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Participants in this study are randomly assigned to either the mandatory reporter condition or the permissive reporter condition. Participants will read a series of ten short vignettes detailing interactions between a parent and their child. They will then be asked to decide how likely they are to report the interaction to the authorities as suspected child abuse or neglect (definitely report, likely to report, unlikely to report, definitely not report). They will be asked to answer several demographic questions at the end of the survey.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Participants will be randomly assigned to one of two treatment conditions.
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
4,000 individuals
Sample size: planned number of observations
4,000 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Should be approximately: 2,000 individuals mandatory reporter, 2,000 individuals permissive reporter
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Supporting Documents and Materials

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IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Yale University IRB
IRB Approval Date
2020-12-01
IRB Approval Number
N/A
Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials
Relevant Paper(s)
REPORTS & OTHER MATERIALS