Disability research has focused on measuring the attitudes of healthcare professionals toward adults with various disabilities. The attitude and role of the registered nurse has not specifically been studied nor has the variable of attitudes toward children with disabilities. There are several reasons why the number of children with disabilities has drastically increased in America, but it remains difficult to gather statistics due to ambiguities in definitions of developmental disabilities and the service systems that remain fragmented. Statistics in the United States are ascertained by survey responses; therefore non- responses lead to a potential bias in statistical assessments.
The Annual Disabilities Compendium reveals data that approximately 16% of children between the ages of birth and twenty-one that live in the community are disabled.
Attitudes of Nurses toward Children with Disabilities: The Attitudes of Nursing Students Toward Children With Disabilities: An Experimental Design: Kathleen Cervasio and Kimberley Fatata-Hall
Last date updated on June, 2014