Violence exposure among children with disabilities

Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev. 2009 Jun;12(2):196-216. doi: 10.1007/s10567-009-0056-1.


The focus of this paper is children with disabilities exposed to a broad range of violence types including child maltreatment, domestic violence, community violence, and war and terrorism. Because disability research must be interpreted on the basis of the definitional paradigm employed, definitions of disability status and current prevalence estimates as a function of a given paradigm are initially considered. These disability paradigms include those used in federal, education, juvenile justice, and health care arenas. Current prevalence estimates of childhood disability in the U.S. are presented within the frameworks of these varying definitions of disability status in childhood. Summaries of research from 2000 to 2008 on the four types of violence victimization addressed among children with disabilities are presented and directions for future research suggested.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Abuse / psychology
  • Child Abuse / statistics & numerical data
  • Child Abuse / trends
  • Disabled Children / psychology*
  • Disabled Children / statistics & numerical data
  • Domestic Violence / psychology
  • Domestic Violence / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Schools
  • Terrorism / psychology
  • United States
  • Violence / psychology*
  • Violence / statistics & numerical data
  • Warfare