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Child, Maternal, and Family Characteristics Associated with Spanking

Jean Giles-Sims, Murray A. Straus and David B. Sugarman
Family Relations
Vol. 44, No. 2 (Apr., 1995), pp. 170-176
DOI: 10.2307/584804
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/584804
Page Count: 7
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Child, Maternal, and Family Characteristics Associated with Spanking
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Abstract

This article presents descriptive data on frequency and distribution of spanking by mothers in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY). Spanking rates are high for all groups, but patterns also vary by age, sex, SES, marital status, ethnicity, religion, region, and community type. Policy discussion focuses on reevaluation of spanking norms, arguments for using the term corporal punishment in research and policy, and strategies to reduce the use of physical force as discipline.

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