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Maltreatment of children with disabilities: the breaking point.

Authors
  • Murphy, Nancy
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Child Neurology
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2011
Volume
26
Issue
8
Pages
1054–1056
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0883073811413278
PMID: 21775619
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The maltreatment of children with disabilities is a serious public health issue. Children with disabilities are 3 to 4 times more likely to be abused or neglected than are their typically developing peers. When maltreated, they are more likely to be seriously injured or harmed. As alarming as these numbers are, they likely underestimate the problem. Children with disabilities encounter all 4 types of abuse: physical, sexual, neglect, and emotional. Here, the author discusses risk factors associated with the maltreatment of children with disabilities, which, as expected, include both child and family factors.

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