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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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Exchange Theory

Exchange Theory

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(p.245) 17 Exchange Theory
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Corporal Punishment of Children in Theoretical Perspective
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Richard J. Gelles

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300085471.003.0017

This chapter presents an exchange-theory perspective for corporal punishment, beginning with a presentation of the basic assumptions, concepts, and propositions of exchange theory. The second section of this chapter applies these assumptions, concepts, and propositions to corporal punishment of children. The final section then examines changes in both public attitudes about corporal punishment and trend data on parents' use of corporal punishment, and offers an exchange-theory explanation for changes of both attitudes and behaviors. Although exchange theory was initially developed as a general theory of human social behavior, it is a theory of social behavior that is quite applicable to the issue of corporal punishment and has been used in family studies in general and family violence in particular.

Keywords:   exchange-theory perspective, social behavior, family studies, family violence, public attitudes, trend data

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