Child Maltreatment: Investigating Attitudes and Reporting Practices ofSchool-Based Speech-Language Pathologists
Journal of Speech Pathology and Therapy aims to disseminate knowledge and promote discussion through the publication of peer-reviewed, high quality research papers on all topics related to speech disorder. The open access journal is published by OMICS International who hosts around 350 open access peer-reviewed journals as well as organizes more than 100 International scientific Conferences.
he National Statistics on Child Abuse (2015) reports that nearly 700,000 children are abused in the United States annually (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2015). The consequences of maltreatment are long-lasting and impact children’s mental, physical, and behavioural welfare well into adulthood . The United States Department of Health & Human Services estimated that 1,720 children died of abuse and neglect at a rate of 2.32 children per 100,000 in the national population .The Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported more than half of abused children (54.5%) were school-age 7 years or younger. The second largest group (24.1%) of confirmed cases of maltreatment included children ranging from 4-7 years of age .
Mandated reporting is an essential step in promoting child safety. Given the age range of maltreated children, school-based speech-language pathologists (SLP) have an opportunity to play an important role in the prevention of such acts. According to the most recent American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) membership and affiliation counts, more than half (52.3%) of clinical service providers identified their employment setting as educational or school-based . Understanding the factors that predict an individual’s likelihood to report abuse can potentially abate maltreatment occurrence and child mortality. To this end, the field of speech-language pathology is positioned to make a significant impact.
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