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Corporal Punishment of Children in Theoretical Perspective

Michael Donnelly and Murray Straus


Despite being commonplace in American households a generation ago, corporal punishment of children has been subjected to criticism and shifting attitudes in recent years. Many school districts have banned it, and many child advocates recommend that parents no longer spank or strike their children. This book taps into the expertise of social science scholars and researchers who address issues of corporal punishment, a subject that is now characterized as a key issue in child welfare. The chapters discuss corporal punishment, its use, causes, and consequences, drawing on a wide array of comparat ... More

Keywords: corporal punishment, school districts, child advocates, child welfare, sociological theories, analytical issues, interdisciplinary collaboration, American households, shifting attitudes, parents

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780300085471
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300085471.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Donnelly, editor

Murray Straus, editor

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Part I Current State of Theory

1 Theoretical Approaches to Corporal Punishment

Murray A. Straus and Michael Donnelly

Part II Comparative Theories

3 Parent-Offspring Conflict and Corporal Punishment in Primates

Lynn A. Fairbanks and Michael T. Mcguire

5 Grid-Group Theory and Corporal Punishment

Jean Giles-Sims and Charles Lockhart

Part III Psychological Theories

6 The Origins of Physical Punishment

Patricia M. Crittenden

7 Behavioral Theory and Corporal Punishment

Scott W. Powers and Robert E. Larzelere

Part IV Sociological Theories

15 Punishment of Children from the Perspective of Control Theory

Travis Hirschi and Michael R. Gottfredson

17 Exchange Theory

Richard J. Gelles