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Corporal Punishment of Children in Theoretical Perspective$
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Michael Donnelly and Murray Straus

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300085471

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300085471.001.0001

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Moral Development and Corporal Punishment

Moral Development and Corporal Punishment

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(p.170) 12 Moral Development and Corporal Punishment
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Corporal Punishment of Children in Theoretical Perspective
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John Martin Rich

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300085471.003.0012

This chapter focuses on moral development, which refers to the growth of an individual's ability to distinguish right and wrong and to develop a system of ethical attitudes and values. The chapter provides a brief summary in terms of the theories bearing on moral development, followed by an application of each theory's findings to corporal punishment. It discloses similarities and differences among the theories and their findings. Finally, it presents other pertinent research findings that do not fit neatly into these theories. Today, it is generally recognized that moral development is studied from three leading theoretical perspectives: social-learning theory, psychoanalytic theory, and cognitive developmental theory. The reason for the brevity of the discussion here is the detailed examination of these theories provided by the previous chapters.

Keywords:   moral development, ethical attitudes, values, social-learning theory, psychoanalytic theory, cognitive developmental theory

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