Malmgren & Meisel's Study

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Malmgren & Meisel conducted a study in 2004 to examine the service delivery and risk factors for emotional and behavioral disorderd youth who were served by one jurisdiction’s child welfare, juvenile justice, and special education agencies. The researcher mentioned in the research paper that emotional and behavioral disorders may make children more vulnerable to engaging in delinquent behavior than nondisabled peers, and child-serving institutions are more likely to identify youth with disabilities as delinquent and refer them to juvenile justice system. Sample for this study were students who received special-education services for EBD in both public and nonpublic schools in the participanting school district. The final sample size of this …show more content…
The auther mentioned a study of 86 children with cerebral salsy, from age 6 months to 18, and abuse was considered to be a causal factor for eight of the children; another eight children were abused after the diagnosis had been made. This is an example of maltreatment was both a cause and a consequence of disability. Also, the author suggested that children with mild disabilities may have higher risk to experience maltreatment because families may be more frustrated for their uncertain outcome. The reason of children with disabilities disproportionately vulberable to maltreatment was complex. Various stressors such as poverty, unemployment, social isolation, and parental substance abuse may increase the risk of child maltreatment. Also, the disability of a child is a stressor for caregivers, especially for those who have mentally illness, intellectual limitations, or lack adequate parental skills, so the child’s disability may cause maltreatment. Maltreatment negatively affect children’s development and adulthood. Specifically, physical abuse tends to be associated with behavior problems; neglect with cognitive, language, and learning problems; and sexual abuse with sexualized behaviors and posttraumatic stress. Finally the author provided suggestions to …show more content…
The purpose of the study was to assess the prevalence of maltreatment among a population of children who have disabilities, relate specific types of diabilities to specific maltreatment and to determine the effect of maltreatment on academic achievement and attendance rates for children with and whithout disabilities. data of the study was collected from an electronic merger of schools records with Central Registry, Forster Care Review Board, and police databases. The result shows a 9% prevalence rate of maltreatment for nondisabled children and 31% prevalence rate for the disabled

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