Editorial – Disability and maltreatment


Authors: Joav Merrick and Donald E Greydanus
Page Range: 169-174
Published in: International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, 16#3 (2023)
ISSN: 1939-5930

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History has taught us that children with disabilities in general are at an increased risk of child maltreatment. The maltreatment may cause additional disabilities. Furthermore, child maltreatment as an adverse childhood experience has been linked to leading causes of adult morbidity and mortality. In this paper, the international disability prevalence is reviewed as well as the connection between disability and maltreatment. Stigma, discrimination and ignorance regarding disabilities are factors which place people with disabilities at higher risk for violence. Prevention and early detection are therefore important public health aspects in this regard.

Keywords: Children, child health, disability, abuse, maltreatment

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