ERIC Number: ED121041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Educational and Psychological Problems of Abused Children. Final Report.
Kline, Donald; Christiansen, James
The frequency of educational and psychological problems was examined in 138 school-aged abused children. Related literature was reviewed to present the history, magnitude, and demographic aspects of child abuse and to analyze current knowledge in terms of the adequacy of research methodology and design. Data for the study were drawn from juvenile court records and the following variables were investigated: frequency of special education placement; frequency of speech therapy and psychological counseling; frequency of institutional placement; type and frequency of traits and behaviors which may be indicative of psychological problems; and academic achievement levels. Findings showed that the frequency of placement in classes for the educable retarded and emotionally disturbed was significantly greater for the abused population than the school district population not reported as abused; that the number of abused children receiving speech therapy was not statistically significant; that the number of abused children found in psychiatric institutions was greater than in the general population; that abused children had traits and behaviors indicative of psychological problems; and that academic achievement of abused children was below grade level in a majority of cases. (Among appended material are the abused child concept scheme, abused child glossary of terms, data collection checklist, and school population figures.) (Author/SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Research Projects Branch.
Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan. Dept. of Special Education.
Note: For related information, see ED 107 056