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This paper, first in a series of special reports concerning disability and the family, presents a review of the relationship between abuse and disabilities, arguing that roughly 25 percent of all disabilities are caused by child or spousal abuse. A national survey revealed that 12 states have legislation addressing these issues, and the paper includes excerpts, with comments from the relevant statutes of each of these states. The states are: Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming; a 13th state, California, has pending legislation. Recommended components of model legislation are identified. The paper also provides a synopsis of a literature search investigating incidence, prevalence and extent of disability caused by abuse and neglect. An analysis of associated fiscal costs is provided suggesting the cost effectiveness of greater prevention efforts. Finally, observations are made regarding the need for a national program to confront this problem. (Contains 60 references.) (PB)

Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Battered Women, Child Abuse, Child Health, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Etiology, Prevention, Preventive Medicine, State Legislation











Autor: Baladerian, Nora J.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=6879&id=ED361929







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