Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Maltreatment among Children with Disabilities

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Maltreatment among Children with Disabilities

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Approximately 15% of the pediatric population in the United States has some form of disability. It may be a physical and/or developmental disability but in either circumstance such medical and mental health challenges are considerable for the child, family and community at large. This population of children demands an inordinate array of health care services in order for them to survive, to be cared for appropriately and for their families to be supported. At the same time these children are extremely vulnerable to "falling through the cracks" in complex medical, educational and social systems. In addition, data has emerged that children with disabilities are also at increased risk for being maltreated (physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse and psychological abuse). There is a sense that this is even more so the case for children living at or below the poverty line. The focus of this presentation will be to discuss maltreatment among the disabled, generally, attempting to identify causes and actors contributing to maltreatment and the consequences of such experiences. In addition, the discussion will address the issue of maltreatment among the disabled poor drawing on data gathered from a self-contained public health system in Denver, Colorado. …

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