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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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Behavioral Theory and Corporal Punishment

Behavioral Theory and Corporal Punishment

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(p.91) 7 Behavioral Theory and Corporal Punishment
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Corporal Punishment of Children in Theoretical Perspective
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Scott W. Powers

Robert E. Larzelere

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300085471.003.0007

This chapter discusses the topic of corporal punishment of children from a behavioral-theory and behavior-therapy perspective. Basic principles of learning theory are presented, followed by information based upon the work of behavioral clinicians. The goal is to address the question of how we can better understand the causes and consequences of corporal punishment and utilize this knowledge in an objective way to assist families in the important process of raising their children to be secure, adaptive, and productive people. A discussion of how behavioral research and its application can inform us about the causes of corporal punishment and its effects on children, families, and society is of great utility.

Keywords:   behavioral-theory, behavior-therapy perspective, learning theory, behavioral clinicians, behavioral research

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