It's hard to be a kid today. For the first time in the half century that the US government has continuously collected data, the top 5 disabilities affecting US children are mental health problems rather than physical problems.
In 2008-2009, 7.7% of US children younger than 18 years had a disability that limited usual activity, which is a 4-fold increase in the prevalence of childhood activity limitations since 1960, according to data from the National Health Interview Survey from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Among these children, a speech problem; learning disability; attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); other emotional, mental, or behavior problems; and other developmental problems were each reported by roughly 1 in 5 parents as contributing to their child's limitations, according to Children With Disabilities, the newest volume in the journal series The Future of Children (http://tinyurl.com/6myzbco), published by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution. Asthma, the most prevalent physical condition reported, was named as a cause for 8% of children with limitations.
Graphic Jump Location
For the first time in more than 30 years, mental health conditions have displaced physical illnesses as the top 5 disabilities in US children. Nearly 8% of children have an activity-limiting disability.
Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.
Download citation file:
Web of Science® Times Cited: 5
Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.
More Listings atJAMACareerCenter.com >
Enter your username and email address. We'll send you a link to reset your password.
Enter your username and email address. We'll send instructions on how to reset your password to the email address we have on record.
Athens and Shibboleth are access management services that provide single sign-on to protected resources. They replace the multiple user names and passwords necessary to access subscription-based content with a single user name and password that can be entered once per session. It operates independently of a user's location or IP address. If your institution uses Athens or Shibboleth authentication, please contact your site administrator to receive your user name and password.