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NCJ Number: 118973 Find in a Library
Title: Abuse and Neglect of Handicapped Children
Author(s): S R Morgan
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 143
Sponsoring Agency: Little, Brown and Co
Boston, MA 02106
Publication Number: ISBN 0-316-58292-1
Sale Source: Little, Brown and Co
34 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02106
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Dilemmas faced by handicapped children who are abused or neglected are discussed, and the author points out that most mistreatment of such children is perpetrated by parents or other family members.
Abstract: The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974 defines child abuse as the physical or mental injury, sexual abuse, negligent treatment, or maltreatment of a child under 18 years of age by a person who is responsible for the child's welfare. Specific legal definitions of what constitutes child abuse differ from State to State. Further, children who suffer emotional abuse are subjected to mental and emotional torment that is somewhat difficult to describe and define. Emotional abuse, in some ways, is analogous to prejudice and has insidious consequences. The National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse estimates that approximately 1 million children in the United States are abused yearly by parents, guardians, or someone responsible for their care. Behavioral and psychological signs of abuse and neglect include passivity, aggressiveness, regressiveness, and interpersonal relationship deficits. The problem of sexual abuse of children is of unknown national dimensions. The question of cause and effect in the abuse and neglect of handicapped children is examined, as well as characteristics of people who abuse children. Emergent problems related to child abuse are noted, including reporting procedures and false accusations. Appendixes contain checklists and documentation forms to use when collecting basic child abuse information. 170 references.
Main Term(s): Child emotional abuse and neglect; Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act; Persons with Disabilities
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