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Predicting Spanking of Younger and Older Children by Mothers and Fathers

Randal D. Day, Gary W. Peterson and Coleen McCracken
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 60, No. 1 (Feb., 1998), pp. 79-94
DOI: 10.2307/353443
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353443
Page Count: 16
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Predicting Spanking of Younger and Older Children by Mothers and Fathers
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Abstract

We examine parents' characteristics that influence the incidence of spanking as a discipline strategy in younger and older children. Data were analyzed from the National Survey of Families and Households. We found that different combinations of blocks of predictor variables influenced spanking in eight subsamples. Belsky's model of competent parenting was employed to explain differences in spanking as a discipline strategy. Subsample profiles of spanking suggest that a variety of interventions are needed to decrease this frequently used parenting strategy.

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