Associations between child disabilities and caregiver discipline and violence in low- and middle-income countries.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Using nationally representative samples of 45,964 two- to nine-year-old children and their primary caregivers in 17 developing countries, this study examined the relations between children's cognitive, language, sensory, and motor disabilities and caregivers' use of discipline and violence. Primary caregivers reported on their child's disabilities and whether they or anyone in their household had used nonviolent discipline, psychological aggression, and physical violence toward the target child and believed that using corporal punishment is necessary. Logistic regression analyses supported the hypothesis that children with disabilities are treated more harshly than children without disabilities. The findings suggest that policies and interventions are needed to work toward the United Nations' goals of ensuring that children with disabilities are protected from abuse and violence.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hendricks, C; Lansford, JE; Deater-Deckard, K; Bornstein, MH

Published Date

  • March 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 85 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 513 - 531

PubMed ID

  • 23895329

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4151611

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-8624

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-3920

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/cdev.12132


  • eng