Disabilities in kids rise; not physical problems

Aug 19, 2014 by

The numbers of children from wealthy families with some kind of disability has increased over the last 10 years.

Although those kids at the poorer end of society still account for the highest levels of health conditions, including autism, researchers believe that the rise in the figures is due to better reporting by concerned parents.

In terms of physical disabilities, the numbers of children with issues, appear to be showing a decline.

Unhealthy? According to a new study, more parents are reporting some kind of disability in their children. Mental health and physical conditions, increased the most for high-income parents but was still the highest in low-income families

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Unhealthy? According to a new study, more parents are reporting some kind of disability in their children. Mental health and physical conditions, increased the most for high-income parents but was still the highest in low-income families

The study is the first to look broadly at the 10-year trend but the results echo previous studies showing increases in autism, attention problems and other developmental or mental disabilities. It also has long been known that the disadvantaged are more likely to have chronic health problems and lack of access to good health care, which both can contribute to disabilities.

The researchers studied parents’ responses about children from birth through age 17 gathered in 2000-2011 government-conducted health surveys. Parents were asked about disabilities from chronic conditions including hearing or vision problems; bone or muscle ailments; and mental, behavioral or developmental problems that limited kids’ physical abilities or required them to receive early behavioral intervention or special educational services. Nearly 200,000 children were involved.

Results were published online Monday in Pediatrics.

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