Abuse and deaf children: Some factors to consider

Deaf children are uniquely disadvantaged in terms of access to information on safety and abuse

Sharon M. Ridgeway

2007

Scholarcy highlights

  • Deaf children are uniquely disadvantaged in terms of access to information on safety and abuse
  • This is often due to misunderstood linguistic and cultural needs which relate to the deaf community
  • A greater number of children who are deaf are placed in potentially abusive situations when compared to their non-deaf peer group
  • Many deaf children believe that abuse is part of their being deaf
  • The implications of this are that deaf children are at risk of neglect and abuse as well as long-term damage to their emotional development and self-esteem
  • Three case studies are described to highlight the issues involved

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