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Social change and the trends in approval of corporal punishment by parents from 1968 to 1994.

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dc.contributor.author Straus, M. A., & Mathur, A. K.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-09T15:23:13Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-09T15:23:13Z
dc.date.issued 1996
dc.identifier.citation Straus, M. A., & Mathur, A. K. (1996). Social change and the trends in approval of corporal punishment by parents from 1968 to 1994. In: D. Frehsee, W. Horn, & K.-D. Bussmann, eds., Family Violence Against Children: A Challenge for Society (pp. 91-105). NY: Walter deGruyter. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mas2/CP27.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/3247
dc.description.abstract Corporal punishment of children by parents, such as spanking and slapping, has been an almost universal part of the childhood experience of American children. Research up to about 1980 shows that more than 90% of parents used corporal punishment on toddlers, and just over half continued this into the early teen years. Since then the rate has decreased, but it is still extremely high. When a behavior is this prevalent, there is likely to be a set of social norms that encourage or at least legitimate it. Correspondingly, if structural changes in the society bring about a change in the behavior, cultural norms are likely to be recast to reflect and justify the new reality, as happened, for example, in the case of paid employment of middle-class mothers. Regardless of which occurs first, and despite many exceptions, over time, cultural norms and actual behavior tend toward consistency. This study examined surveys over time to determine trends in the prevalence and acceptance of corporal behavior, documenting a decline in the practice. The authors consider the possible explanations and recommend legislation and policy to continue reducing the practice. (NCAC supplemented abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Walter deGruyter en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject physical abuse en_US
dc.subject incidence en_US
dc.subject prevalence en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.title Social change and the trends in approval of corporal punishment by parents from 1968 to 1994. en_US
dc.type Book chapter en_US


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