ERIC Number: ED365089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
A Report on the Maltreatment of Children with Disabilities.
Crosse, Scott B.; And Others
This report summarizes available information on the incidence of child abuse among children with disabilities, relationships between child abuse and disability, and the incidence of disabilities resulting from child abuse or neglect. Much of the information in the report comes from data collected on 1,249 substantiated cases of maltreatment involving 1,834 children. Among major findings were: (1) the incidence of maltreatment among children with disabilities was 1.7 times higher than for children without disabilities; (2) for 47 percent of the maltreated children with disabilities, caseworkers reported that the disabilities directly led to or contributed to the child maltreatment; and (3) the incidence of disabilities caused or likely to have been caused by maltreatment was 147 per 1,000 maltreated children. It is recommended that: risk assessment approaches should include the child's disabilities as a risk factor; caseworkers and other professionals should be educated on the relationship between maltreatment and disabilities; and state and federal systems for reporting cases of child maltreatment should include uniform information on disabilities. The report's three sections review previous research and explain the study's methodology; consider the incidence of maltreatment among children with disabilities; and present data on maltreated children with disabilities, characteristics of children, characteristics of adults, and case processing. Appendices provide further methodological detail, the two data collection instruments, and a glossary of terms. (Contains 35 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reference Materials - Vocabularies/Classifications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (DHHS/OHDS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.; James Bell Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A