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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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Corporal Punishment in Ecological Perspective

Corporal Punishment in Ecological Perspective

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Corporal Punishment of Children in Theoretical Perspective

James Garbarino

Yale University Press

This chapter considers the concept of developmental risk and opportunity through the sharpened focus of a systems approach to childhood experience. Such an helps to clarify the complexity faced in attempting to understand the interplay of biological, psychological, social, and cultural forces in that particular form of violence against children defined as “corporal punishment.” An ecological perspective on corporal punishment in childhood directs our attention simultaneously to two classes of phenomena. The first is the interaction of the child as a biological organism with the immediate social environment as a set of processes, events, and relationships. The second is the interplay of social systems in the social environment that shape the experience of the child.

Keywords:   developmental risk, systems approach, childhood experience, violence against children, ecological perspective

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