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Examining the rights of children with intellectual disability in South Africa: Children's perspectives
University of Pretoria, SA.
University of Pretoria, SA.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. CHILD. Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, CHILD.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9597-039X
2014 (English)In: Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Vol. 39, no 1, 55-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background Human rights provide fundamental conditions for people to maintain dignity and self-determination and protect a nation's most vulnerable citizens. In South Africa, children with intellectual disability who experience socioeconomic disadvantage may be particularly vulnerable due to their cognitive impairments and inability to garner needed resources.

Method The perceptions of children with intellectual disability regarding their access to basic amenities in their home environments were examined to determine whether their positive human rights were met. Risk factors were examined in relation to these perceptions.

Results The results suggested that participants generally reported high degrees of access to basic resources. Logistic regressions suggested socioeconomic risk factors (e.g., income, education, household size, relationship status) were negatively related to children's reports of access to food and their own beds and positively related to having someone available to explain confusing concepts to them.

Conclusions The positive human rights of children living in high-risk environments should be monitored to ensure all South Africans have their rights met.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 39, no 1, 55-64 p.
Keyword [en]
disability, poverty, human rights
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-22833DOI: 10.3109/13668250.2013.857769ISI: 000331057400006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84893914731Local ID: HHJCHILDISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-22833DiVA: diva2:681056
Available from: 2013-12-19 Created: 2013-12-19 Last updated: 2016-10-19Bibliographically approved

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