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Deafness and child abuse – some literature

By H Dominic W Stiles, on 10 February 2012

No one who read the story of the Deaf child who was kept in slavery and physically and mentally abused can fail to be appalled by her plight. Deaf children are particularly vulnerable to abuse. Here is a selection of books and articles on the subject (there are many more), followed by a few recent articles from Medline.


Glickman, Neil S & Gulati, Sanjay [Eds] Mental health care of deaf people: A culturally affirmative approach.  Mental health care of deaf people: A culturally affirmative approach. 2003

– The authors systematically review the special needs of deaf patients, particularly those who regard themselves as culturally Deaf, and provide professionals with the tools they require to meet those needs.

HEALTH CANADA Children and youth with a hearing loss: promoting mental health. Health Programs & Services Branch, Health Canada.  1994.  RNID Library: C6672(REF), C6673


LaBarre A  Treatment of sexually abused children who are deaf.  Sexuality and Disability, 1998, vol. 16 (4):321-324

MANNING S C, CASSELBRANT M, LAMMERS D.  Otolaryngologic manifestations of child abuse.  INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY,  1990,  20(1),  7‑16

SWARTZ D B  Effective techniques in treating survivors of child sexual abuse: problematic areas in their  application to the deaf population.  SEXUALITY AND DISABILITY,  1995,  13(2),  135-144,  RNID Library location: C6927(REF)

Five Recent Medline Articles:

1. Clinical practice: The approach to the deaf or hard-of-hearing paediatric patient.
Smeijers AS, Ens-Dokkum MH, van den Bogaerde B, Oudesluys-Murphy AM.
Eur J Pediatr

. 2011 Nov;170(11):1359-63. Epub 2011 Jul 16.

PMID: 21766166 [PubMed – in process] Free PMC Article
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2. The lived experience of depression among culturally Deaf adults.
Sheppard K, Badger T.
J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs

. 2010 Nov;17(9):783-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2010.01606.x.

PMID: 21040223 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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3. Mental health referral and services for maltreated children and child protection evaluations of children with special needs: a national survey of hospital- and community-based medically oriented teams.
Montoya LA, Giardino AP, Leventhal JM.
Child Abuse Negl

. 2010 Aug;34(8):593-601. Epub 2010 Jun 9.

PMID: 20538339 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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4. Child abuse and deafness: an overview.
Sebald AM.
Am Ann Deaf

. 2008 Fall;153(4):376-83.

PMID: 19146074 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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5. The nature of victimization among youths with hearing loss in substance abuse treatment.
Titus JC.
Am Ann Deaf

. 2010 Spring;155(1):19-30.

PMID: 20503905 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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