Abuse and Maltreatment of Children with Disabilities in Romania; Analytical Perspectives

Alois Gherguţ

The problem of abuse of children with disabilities is a serious issue, but is still not largely recognized by service agencies. Prevention and abuse awareness programs need to include information about the heightened risk of abuse of children with disabilities, and the onset of a permanent disability as a consequence of abuse. In many cases researchers have had difficulty estimating rates of maltreatment among children with disabilities. One reason is that many countries do not collect the same data about maltreated children in the same ways. Another reason is that researchers identify disabilities among maltreated children in different ways. Child maltreatment, also known as abuse and neglect, affects all types of children, but children with disabilities may be at even greater risk of being maltreated than children without disabilities.
Keywords: abuse, maltreatment, children with disabilities.

abuse, maltreatment, children with disabilities

ALOIS GHERGUŢ – Professor, PhD, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi; e-mail: alois@uaic.ro

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