Clarification of Eligibility Factor
An abusive adult residing in the home of the child (22-28-106 (1) (a.5) (III) C.R.S.).
Abuse can be:
- Emotional (includes verbal abuse)
- Occurring in the past and/or in a present situation
- Directed at child or from exposure to domestic violence
The adult residing in the home may be:
- A parent/grandparent
- A guardian
- A family member
How it may be Documented
- Medical report
- School personnel, social services, or agency referral
- Parent report/interview
- Court or police report
Significance of Factor in regards to School Readiness
Child abuse and neglect is linked to many short term and long term negative outcomes, including language deficits, reduced cognitive functioning, attention deficit disorders, lower grades, lower standardized test scores, lower rates of grade promotion and greater participation in high-risk behaviors.
- Abused children are also at risk for shortfalls in physical health, including failure to thrive, depression, mental health problems, and mortality. They often show a diminished capacity for empathy and trust.
- Children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to have trouble in school and score lower on assessments of verbal, motor, and cognitive skills. They are more likely to exhibit aggressive and antisocial behavior.
Child Trends (2004). Child Abuse and Neglect Media Handbook. Retrieved September 10, 2015 from http://www.childtrends.org/?publications=child-abuse-and-neglect-media-handbook
Child Information Gateway. (April 2008). Long-Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Retrieved June 26, 2009, from http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/long_term_consequences.pdf
Dubowitz, H., Papas, M.A., Black, M.M., & Starr, R. H. Jr. (2002). Child neglect: Outcomes in high-risk urban preschoolers. Pediatrics, 109, 1100-1107.
Retrieved June 2, 2011 from http://www.andrews.edu/~rbailey/Chapter%20one/6762246.pdf
English, D. (Spring 1998). The extent and consequences of child maltreatment. The Future of Children, 8(1).
Retrieved June 2, 2011 from http://www.princeton.edu/futureofchildren/publications/docs/08_01_02.pdf
Fantuzzo, J.W. & Mohr, W.K. (Winter 1999). Prevalence and effects of child exposure to domestic violence. The Future of Children, 9 (3).
Retrieved June 2, 2011 from https://www.princeton.edu/futureofchildren/publications/docs/09_03_1.pdf
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