Kids With Certain Disorders May Have Higher Risk Of Abuse, Neglect

HealthDay (3/6, Norton) reports that research published in Pediatrics suggests kids “with certain mental or behavioral disorders” may have higher “risk of abuse or neglect.” Investigators found that “overall…children with autism, Down syndrome or certain birth defects, such as spina bifida, were not at heightened risk of abuse.”

However, kids “with intellectual disabilities were,” as were “kids who fell into the broad category of ‘mental or behavioral disorder’ – which included problems ranging from depression and anxiety to developmental delays to personality disorders.” Data on nearly half a million Australian children were used in the study.

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— “Disabled Kids at Higher Risk of Abuse, Study Finds,” Amy Norton, HealthDay, March 6, 2017.

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