Mental Disabilities Are Up, Physical Disabilities Down

Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, according to a 10-year analysis published in Pediatrics Monday.

Disadvantaged kids still bear a disproportionate burden. The increases may partly reflect more awareness and recognition that conditions, including autism, require a specific diagnosis to receive special services, the researchers say.

The study is the first to look broadly at the 10-year trend but the results echo previous studies showing increases in autism, attention problems and other developmental or mental disabilities.

ABC’s Scott Goldberg joined us to discuss in detail.

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