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A Prospective Analysis of the Relationship between Child Maltreatment and Special Education Eligibility among Poor Children
Child Maltreatment (2004)
  • Shirely Porterfield, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Abstract
This study presents data from the first large-scale longitudinal study to track the involvement of children reported for maltreatment in both the special education and child welfare systems. A range of state and local administrative databases were combined and cross-sector service histories were established for 7,940 children who had received Aid to Families With Dependent Children between 1993 and 1994. The authors address the following questions: (a) Is maltreatment associated with entry into special education after controlling for other factors? (b) among maltreated children, does maltreatment type or child welfare service use predict special education eligibility? and (c) what is the relationship between maltreatment type and type of educational disability? Results indicate that child maltreatment system involvement generally predates special education entry and is predictive of entry even after controlling for other factors. A range of other associations between factors such as child and maternal characteristics, services received, maltreatment type, and special education classification are detailed.
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Publication Date
2004
Citation Information
Shirely Porterfield. "A Prospective Analysis of the Relationship between Child Maltreatment and Special Education Eligibility among Poor Children" Child Maltreatment Vol. 9 Iss. 4 (2004) p. 382 - 394
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/shirely-porterfield/14/