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Disabled Children at Risk

Disabled Children at Risk Children who have disabilities are more likely to be victims of violence than their peers who are not disabled, according to a study by researchers from the United Kingdom and Sweden (Jones L et al. Lancet. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736[12]60692-8 [published online July 12, 2012]). The investigators carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis on 16 studies reported from January 1, 1990, to August 17, 2010. Compared with nondisabled children, results showed the odds are 3.7 times greater that children with disabilities will be subjected to any type of violence, 3.6 times greater that they will undergo physical violence, and 2.9 times greater that they will be victims of sexual violence. Children with mental or intellectual disabilities seem to be the most vulnerable, with 4.6 times greater odds of sexual violence. The researchers noted that although awareness of the risks of violence against children is growing, robust evidence is scarce because of poor study design, inadequate standards for measurement of disability and violence, and insufficient assessment of whether violence preceded the development of disability. Addressing these gaps will help in developing optimal public health programs to protect children with disabilities from violence. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Disabled Children at Risk

JAMA , Volume 308 (7) – Aug 15, 2012

Disabled Children at Risk

Abstract

Children who have disabilities are more likely to be victims of violence than their peers who are not disabled, according to a study by researchers from the United Kingdom and Sweden (Jones L et al. Lancet. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736[12]60692-8 [published online July 12, 2012]). The investigators carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis on 16 studies reported from January 1, 1990, to August 17, 2010. Compared with nondisabled children, results showed the odds are 3.7 times greater that...
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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 2012 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2012.9974
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Abstract

Children who have disabilities are more likely to be victims of violence than their peers who are not disabled, according to a study by researchers from the United Kingdom and Sweden (Jones L et al. Lancet. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736[12]60692-8 [published online July 12, 2012]). The investigators carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis on 16 studies reported from January 1, 1990, to August 17, 2010. Compared with nondisabled children, results showed the odds are 3.7 times greater that children with disabilities will be subjected to any type of violence, 3.6 times greater that they will undergo physical violence, and 2.9 times greater that they will be victims of sexual violence. Children with mental or intellectual disabilities seem to be the most vulnerable, with 4.6 times greater odds of sexual violence. The researchers noted that although awareness of the risks of violence against children is growing, robust evidence is scarce because of poor study design, inadequate standards for measurement of disability and violence, and insufficient assessment of whether violence preceded the development of disability. Addressing these gaps will help in developing optimal public health programs to protect children with disabilities from violence.

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 15, 2012

Keywords: disabled children

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