Disabled children, maltreatment and attachment

Howe, David K. (2006) Disabled children, maltreatment and attachment. British Journal of Social Work, 36 (5). pp. 743-760. ISSN 0045-3102

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Two bodies of literature on children with disabilities are identified and described. One recognizes an association between disability and maltreatment. The other finds an association between children with a disability and insecure attachments. The present paper seeks a theoretical integration between these two research traditions. The model generated examines the dynamics that affect a child with a disability’s attachment classification and risk of being maltreated in terms of a transaction between both parental and child factors. In the case of children with certain types of disability, unresolved parental states of mind with respect to attachment are seen as a risk factor for maltreatment. Implications for prevention, support and treatment are considered.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Research on Children and Families
Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2023 00:07
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/16426
DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bch419

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