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NCJ Number: 119530 Find in a Library
Title: Abuse and Neglect in Psychiatrically Hospitalized Multihandicapped Children
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:13  Issue:3  Dated:(1989)  Pages:335-343
Author(s): R Ammerman; V Hasselt; M Hersen; J J McGonigle; M J Lubetsky
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 8
Grant Number: G008300135; G00872019
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Medical charts of 150 consecutive admissions of multihandicapped children to a psychiatric hospital were examined to determine the extent and characteristics of abuse and neglect.
Abstract: Of the sample, 39 percent experienced past or current maltreatment. Physical abuse was the most frequent maltreatment followed by neglect and sexual abuse. Maltreated, multihandicapped patients admitted to the psychiatric unit were less likely to receive diagnoses of organic brain syndrome or profound mental retardation than nonmaltreated, multihandicapped counterparts on the same unit. Data indicated that less severely impaired patients were more likely to be maltreated than were the more severely impaired. A relatively high percentage of sexually abused patients were assaulted by multiple perpetrators. 3 tables, 11 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Persons with Disabilities; Psychological victimization effects
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Juvenile dependency and neglect
Note: Paper presented at: Third National Family Violence Research Conference, University of New Hampshire, Durham, July 7, 1987
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