Washington: A new study has revealed that children with disabilities receive harsher punishment across the developing world.According to the study conducted by researchers at the Duke University Center for Child and Family Policy found that disabled children were more likely to be severely punished by being hit on the head or beaten with an object such as a stick or belt.A research professor, Jennifer Lansford said that attitudes toward disabilities can vary between cultures adding that while disabilities are often stigmatized, the opposite can also be true.She further said that in parts of India and Nepal children with cognitive disabilities are believed to have divine qualities. Likewise, beliefs about appropriate discipline vary greatly from culture to culture.The study was conducted in countries which include Albania, Belize, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Georgia, Ghana, Iraq, Jamaica, Laos, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Suriname and Yemen.
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