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NCJ Number: 237425 Find in a Library
Title: Disability and Victimization in a National Sample of Children and Youth
Journal: Child Maltreatment  Volume:16  Issue:4  Dated:November 2011  Pages:275-286
Author(s): Heather A. Turner; Jennifer Vanderminden; David Finkelhor; Sherry Hamby; Anne Shattuck
Date Published: November 2011
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2006-JW-BX-0003
Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the effects of individual forms of disability on child victimization rather than combining multiple types into a single measure.
Abstract: Although past research has found higher rates of violence, crime, and abuse among children with disabilities, most studies combine diverse forms of disability into one measure and assess exposure to only one particular type of victimization. Based on a representative national sample of 4,046 children aged 2–17 from the 2008 National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence, the present study examines the associations between several different types of disability and past-year exposure to multiple forms of child victimization. Results suggest that attention-deficit disorder/attention-deficit with hyperactivity disorder elevates the risk for peer victimization and property crime, internalizing psychological disorders increase risk for both child maltreatment and sexual victimization, and developmental/learning disorders heighten risk only for property crime. In contrast, physical disability did not increase the risk for any type of victimization once confounding factors and co-occurring disabilities were controlled. It appears that disabilities associated with interpersonal and behavioral difficulties are most strongly associated with victimization risks. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Special needs children
Index Term(s): Mental disorders; Persons with physical disabilities; Victimization
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