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NCJ Number: 210640 Find in a Library
Title: Corporal Punishment and the Growth Trajectory of Children's Antisocial Behavior
Journal: Child Maltreatment  Volume:10  Issue:3  Dated:August 2005  Pages:283-292
Author(s): Andrew Grogan-Kaylor
Date Published: August 2005
Page Count: 10
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored the association between parental use of corporal punishment and antisocial behavior in children.
Abstract: The use of corporal punishment by parents is widespread, yet little is known about the consequences for children of this type of punishment. Some researchers have suggested that parental use of corporal punishment is associated with increased behavior problems in children. The current study drew on data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to probe the effects of corporal punishment on children. Participants were 6,912 children who have been followed since 1986; 6 waves of data from 1988 though 1998 were analyzed for the current study. Measures included children’s demographic characteristics, poverty status, punishment techniques, and children’s level of antisocial behavior. Results of hierarchical linear analyses indicate that parental use of corporal punishment is related to both children’s initial antisocial behavior and to changes in antisocial behavior. The findings varied slightly by gender, with girls having less deleterious antisocial outcomes than boys, but did not differ by race. Future research should continue to probe this issue using data from the National Survey of Families and Households as well as other samples. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Corporal punishment; Problem behavior
Index Term(s): Behavior patterns; Discipline; Longitudinal studies
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