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Utilizing the Ecological Integration Model to Understand Parental Abuse of Children with Dyslexia

Fuller-Thomson and Hooper recently found that 35% of adults with dyslexia reported that they had experienced physical abuse as children compared to 7% of adults who did not have dyslexia. Belsky’s Ecological Integration Model of Child Abuse which consists of ontogenic development, the microsystem, the exosystem and the macrosystem was used to suggest that there are many factors related to child abuse. The present paper provided an overview of the model and provided data for each component as it relates to child abuse, discusses the nature of dyslexia and how the model could be used to help decrease the likelihood that children with dyslexia will be exposed to parental abuse.


David P Hurford, Lauren P Renner, Samantha P Nitcher and Alex C Fender

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