Parent-reported cases of disability in children rise

August 18, 2014 4:03 AM

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Parent-reported cases of disability in children rise

More parents — especially upper-income ones — are reporting that their children have a physical, developmental or mental health disability, a study finds.

The number of non-institutionalized children age 17 and younger with disabilities rose 16% between 2001 and 2011, with nearly 6 million children (8% of the population) reported as having a disability, according to the analysis, published online today in Pediatrics.

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