Maltreatment of Children with Disabilities
Widespread efforts are being made to increase awareness and provide education to pediatricians regarding risk factors of child abuse and neglect. The purpose of this clinical report is to ensure that children with disabilities are recognized as a population that is also at risk of maltreatment. Some conditions related to a disability can be confused with maltreatment. The need for early recognition and intervention of child abuse and neglect in this population, as well as the ways that a medical home can facilitate the prevention and early detection of child maltreatment, are the subject of this report.
Hibbard, R. A.,
Desch, L. W.,
& Duby, J. C.
(2007). Maltreatment of Children with Disabilities. Pediatrics, 119 (5), 1018-1025.