CAN Social Ecological Models Consortium

Purpose Statement

The CAN Social Ecological Models Consortium is designed to advance the study of how the environment interacts with individual behaviors resulting in child abuse and neglect.  The goal of the Consortium is to develop and test strong theoretical models about the ecology of child maltreatment that allows us to better develop prevention efforts that address the issue at the level of the individual, family, and neighborhood environments.  Consortium members are strongly encouraged to collaborate with each other and mentor junior scholars in an effort to produce rigorous research.

Data Available

CAN Social Ecological Models Consortium Members and Student Members can currently apply for secondary access to the “Social Mechanisms of Child Physical Abuse and Neglect” dataset, funded by the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.  The “Social Mechanisms” study was a telephone survey of 3,023 parents with children (ages ranging from birth to 12) sampled from 50 communities (with populations between 50,000 and 500,000) across the state of California.  The dataset consequently provides opportunities to examine mechanisms by which city, neighborhood, and psychosocial factors affect child maltreatment in a general population survey. 

Other data sources will likely become available in the future.  Researchers linking CAN Social Ecological Models Consortium data with other sources (e.g. crime data, alcohol licensing data) are encouraged to make these resources available to other members upon completion of their analyses.  

More information about the survey can be found in the codebook:



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Freisthler, B. & Holmes, M.R. (2012). Explicating the social mechanisms linking the ecology of alcohol use behaviors to child maltreatment. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 39, 25-48.

Freisthler, B. & Gruenewald, P.J. (2013). Where the individual meets the ecological: A study of parent drinking patterns, alcohol outlets and child physical abuse. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 27(6), 993-1000.

Freisthler, B. (2013). Need for and access to supportive services in the Child Welfare System. GeoJournal, 78(3), 429-441.

Johnson-Motoyama, M. (2013).  Does a paradox exist in child well-being risks among foreign-born Latinos, U.S.-born Latinos, and whites? Findings from 50 California cities. Child Abuse & Neglect. 

Freisthler, B., Johnson-Motoyama, M., & Kepple, N.J. (2014). Inadequate child supervision: The role of alcohol outlet density, parent drinking behaviors, and social support. Children and Youth Services Review, 43, 75-84. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.05.002

Freisthler, B., Holmes, M.R., & Price Wolf, J. (2014).The dark side of social support: Understanding the role of social support, drinking behaviors and alcohol outlets for child physical abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect,

Freisthler, B., Lipperman-Kreda, S., Bersamin, M., & Gruenewald, P.J.  Integrating ecological momentary assessment and geospatial data to examine risk for alcohol-related problems. Accepted for publication April 2014, Alcohol Research: Current Reviews.

Kepple, N.J., Freisthler, B., Johnson-Motoyama, M. (2014). Bias in child maltreatment self-reports using Interactive Voice Response. Child Abuse & Neglect, doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.04.001

Price Wolf, J. Parent gender as a moderator: The relationships between social support, collective efficacy, and child physical abuse in a community sample. Child MaltreatmentFirst published on December 17, 2014  doi:10.1177/1077559514562606

Freisthler, B., Price Wolf, J., Johnson-Motoyama, M. Understanding the role of context-specific drinking in neglectful parenting behaviors. First published online on March 25, 2015, Alcohol and Alcoholism. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agv031

Maguire-Jack, K. & Klein, S.  Parenting and Proximity to Social Services: Lessons from Los Angeles County in the Community Context of Child Neglect. Accepted for publication April 27, 2015, Child Abuse and Neglect