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

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
March 03, 2021, 11:00 AM EST

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

Locations

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
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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

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

Program Files

Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials

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