ERIC Number: ED318180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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The Abuse and Neglect of Exceptional Children in North Carolina.
Griffey, Quentin L.; Griffey, Ann M.
A survey of 163 special educators in North Carolina examined aspects of abuse and neglect of their students over the last 3 years. Students were mentally handicapped (MH), learning disabled (LD), or behaviorally/emotionally handicapped (BEH). Of the respondents, 43% stated that they had reported at least one case of suspected abuse or neglect during the 3-year period. Many teachers were dissatisfied with Department of Social Services investigation and feedback. Of current students, 9.5% were suspected of being neglected and 5.2% of being abused. More BEH students (24%) than MH (17%) or LD (11%) were suspected of being abused or neglected. Though only 38% of teachers had had training in abuse and neglect, 91% indicated they would like training. One third of the teachers did not know they were immune from legal prosecution for reporting suspected cases. Almost all teachers believed students should receive instruction in abuse and neglect prevention. The remainder of the paper provides a mini-course on abuse and neglect in sections on: (1) indicators of abuse and neglect, (2) reporting policies and procedures for teachers, and (3) ways that teachers can serve the needs of abused and neglected students and their families. Contains 12 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
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