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Moving research beyond the spanking debate

MacMillan, Harriet L.; Mikton, Christopher

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Harriet L. MacMillan



Abstract

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd Despite numerous studies identifying a broad range of harms associated with the use of spanking and other types of physical punishment, debate continues about its use as a form of discipline. In this commentary, we recommend four strategies to move the field forward and beyond the spanking debate including: 1) use of methodological approaches that allow for stronger causal inference; 2) consideration of human rights issues; 3) a focus on understanding the causes of spanking and reasons for its decline in certain countries; and 4) more emphasis on evidence-based approaches to changing social norms to reject spanking as a form of discipline. Physical punishment needs to be recognized as an important public health problem.

Journal Article Type Note
Publication Date Sep 1, 2017
Journal Child Abuse and Neglect
Print ISSN 0145-2134
Electronic ISSN 1873-7757
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 71
Pages 5-8
APA6 Citation Mikton, C. R., MacMillan, H. L., MacMillan, H. L., & Mikton, C. (2017). Moving research beyond the spanking debate. Child Abuse and Neglect, 71, 5-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.02.012
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.02.012
Keywords spanking, physical punishment, physical discipline
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.02.012

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