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There Was an Old Women Who Lived in a Shoe: Number of Children and Corporal Punishment

Show simple item record Straus, M. A., & Asdigian, N. 2017-03-09T15:29:29Z 2017-03-09T15:29:29Z 1997
dc.identifier.citation Straus, M. A., & Asdigian, N. (1997). There was an old women who lived in a shoe: Number of children and corporal punishment. In Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association., Toronto, Canada. Durham, NH: Family Research Laboratory, University of New Hampshire. en_US
dc.description.abstract Spanking and other legal forms of corporal punishment (CP) by parents is associated with maladaptive behavior in both childhood and adulthood. Although most American parents spank their children at some time or another, there are wide variations in the frequency and duration with which CP is used. Using data from the 1985 National Family Violence Survey, we examined number of children as an aspect of family structure that might account for the variation. After controlling for birth order and age, the analysis revealed a linear increase in both the prevalence and chronicity of CP as number of children varied from one to four or more children. These findings suggest that the decline in fertility is part of the explanation for the decrease in corporal punishment by American parents. They also suggest that the emotional and/or economic stresses of additional children may lead parents to adopt potentially deleterious discipline strategies and that support and training in effective childrearing practices should not be limited to first time parents. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of New Hampshire Family Research Laboratory en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject physical abuse en_US
dc.subject parenting en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.title There Was an Old Women Who Lived in a Shoe: Number of Children and Corporal Punishment en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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