Child sexual abuse research: challenges of case tracking through administrative databases

Leach, Chelsea, Baksheev, Gennady and Powell, Martine 2015, Child sexual abuse research: challenges of case tracking through administrative databases, Psychiatry, psychology and law, vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 912-919, doi: 10.1080/13218719.2015.1019333.

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Title Child sexual abuse research: challenges of case tracking through administrative databases
Author(s) Leach, Chelsea
Baksheev, Gennady
Powell, MartineORCID iD for Powell, Martine
Journal name Psychiatry, psychology and law
Volume number 22
Issue number 6
Start page 912
End page 919
Total pages 8
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1321-8719
Keyword(s) Administrate databases
Case tracking
Child sexual abuse
Data quality
Summary Child sexual abuse has a serious impact on victims, their families and the broader community. As such, there is a critical need for sound research evidence to inform specialist responses. Increasingly, researchers are utilising administrative databases to track outcomes of individual cases across health, justice and other government agencies. There are unique advantages to this approach, including the ability to access a rich source of information at a population-wide level. However, the potential limitations of utilising administrative databases have not been fully explored. Because these databases were created originally for administrative rather than research purposes, there are significant problems with using this data at face value for research projects. We draw on our collective research experience in child sexual abuse to highlight common problems that have emerged when applying administrative databases to research questions. Some of the problems discussed include identification of relevant cases, ensuring reliability and dealing with missing data. Our article concludes with recommendations for researchers and policy-makers to enhance data quality.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13218719.2015.1019333
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920502 Health Related to Ageing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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