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NCJ Number: 158185 Find in a Library
Title: Intergenerational Transmission of Corporal Punishment: A Comparison of Social Learning and Temperament Models
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:19  Issue:11  Dated:(November 1995)  Pages:1323-1335
Author(s): R T Muller; J E Hunter; G Stollak
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 13
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Fifteen hundred thirty-six parents and their 983 college students took part in a family study that examined two models of the intergenerational transmission of corporal punishment.
Abstract: The model based on social learning assumptions asserted that corporal punishment influences aggressive child behavior. The model based on temperament theory suggested that aggressive child behavior influences parental use of corporal punishment. The analysis assessed corporal punishment from the perspectives of the father, the mother, and the child. Path analyses revealed that the social learning model was most consistent with the data. The corroboration of the social learning view suggests that the prevention and treatment of child maltreatment should have far-reaching effects in that helping parents change their behaviors should lead to changes in child behavior later. A clinician assuming the social learning view may be concerned with training parents in alternative discipline methods and might use a cognitive-behavioral anger management therapy group for parents or a solution-based problemsolving approach. Figures, tables, and 43 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse causes; Child abuse prevention; Corporal punishment; Michigan; Parental influence; Social Learning
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