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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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Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child Lay Theories of Corporal Punishment

Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child Lay Theories of Corporal Punishment

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(p.134) 9 Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child Lay Theories of Corporal Punishment
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Corporal Punishment of Children in Theoretical Perspective
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Adrian Furnham
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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300085471.003.0009

This chapter is concerned with lay theories of corporal punishment. Despite the fact that the issue of such things as the efficacy of punishment and the morality of corporal punishment in particular have been discussed and debated by lay people for centuries, there remains relatively little research on their lay theories. There may be a number of reasons for this surprising paucity of research literature. The first is that the topic is highly political, with both experts and lay people being influenced as much by sociopolitical values as by disinterested evidence. Second, it appears that neither experts nor lay people have sophisticated or complex specific theories as to why corporal punishment should or should not be implemented. On the other hand, there are many polls and surveys that simply look at attitudes per se rather than the nature, structure, and function of lay theories of punishment.

Keywords:   lay theories, efficacy of punishment, morality, political, sociopolitical values

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