Maltreatment of children with developmental disabilities: An ecological systems analysis

Carl L. Algood, Jun Sung Hong, Ruby M. Gourdine, Abigail B. Williams

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The purpose of this review is to understand the risk factors for maltreatment of children with developmental disabilities. Using the Bronfrenbrenner's (1976, 1977) ecological systems framework, the authors examine how socio-demographic characteristics (age, gender, and special education), micro- (parent-child relationship and domestic violence), exo- (parenting stress, parents' social support, and area of residence), and macrosystems level (culturally defined parenting practices) factors influence or inhibit maltreatment of children with disabilities. The authors highlight major implications for practice and policy for maltreated children with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1142-1148
Number of pages7
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • Abuse and neglect
  • Children
  • Disabilities
  • Ecological systems theory
  • Maltreatment
  • Special education


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