(iii) Corporal punishment and discipline (NEW)

Useful overviews

Gershoff, E.T. (2002a). Corporal punishment by parents and associated child behaviors and experiences: A meta-analytic and theoretical review. Psychological Bulletin, 128(4): 539-579.

Meredith, Veronica, Prue Holzer, and Alister Lamont. (2014). Corporal punishment: key issues. Child Family Community Australia Commonwealth of Australia, 16 April.

Smith, Anne B. (2006). The state of research on the effects of physical punishment. Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, no. 27, Mar: 114-127.


Further works

Brown, A. S., Holden, G. W., & Ashraf, R. (2018). Spank, slap, or hit? How labels alter perceptions of child discipline. Psychology of Violence, 8(1), 1-9. doi:10.1037/vio0000080

Human Rights Watch. (2008). A Violent Education: Corporal Punishment of Children in US Public Schools.

Humphreys, S. (2008). Gendering corporal punishment: beyond the discourse of human rights. Gender and Education, 20(5): 527 - 540.

Lunkenheimer, E., J. Kittler, S. Olson and F. Kleinberg (2006). The Intergenerational Transmission of Physical Punishment: Differing Mechanisms in Mothers’ and Fathers’ Endorsement? Journal of Family Violence, 21(8): 509-519.

Morrell, R. (2001). Corporal Punishment and Masculinity in South African Schools. Men and Masculinities, 4(2): 140-157.

Saunders, Bernadette J., and Christopher R. Goddard. (1998). Why Do We Condone the ‘Physical Punishment’ of Children?. Children Australia, 23(3).

Saunders, Bernadette J., and Christopher R. Goddard. (2010). Physical Punishment in Childhood: the rights of the child. Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons.

Straus, M. A. (1996). Spanking and the making of a violent society. Pediatrics: The short- and long-term consequences of corporal punishment (supplement)98, 837–42.

Straus, M. A. (2001). Beating the devil out of them: Corporal punishment in American families and its effects on children (second edition). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Straus, M. A. (2005). Children should never, ever, be spanked no matter what the circumstances. In D. R. Loseke, R. J. Gelles and M. M. Cavanaugh (eds), Current controversies about family violence (second edition), pp. 137–57). Thousand Oak, CA: Sage Publications.

Straus, M. A. and Stewart, J. H. (1999). Corporal punishment by American parents: National data on prevalence, chronicity, severity, and duration, in relation to child, and family characteristics. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review 2, 55–70.

Straus, M. A. and Yodanis, C. L. (1996). Corporal punishment in adolescence and physical assaults on spouses later in life: What accounts for the link? Journal of Marriage and the Family 58, 825–41.

Straus, M. A., Sugarman, D. B. and Giles-Sims, J. (1997). Spanking by parents and subsequent antisocial behaviour of children. Archives of pediatric and adolescent medicine 151, 761–67.

Taylor, Nicola. (2005). Physical punishment of children: International legal developments. New Zealand Family Law Journal, v.5 no.1, March: 14-22.



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