Predictors of adult attitudes toward corporal punishment of children

Authors: Gagné, Marie-Hélène; Tourigny, Marc; Joly, Jacques; Pouliot-Lapointe, Joëlle
Abstract: This study identifies predictors of favorable attitudes toward spanking. Analyses were performed with survey data collected from a representative sample of 1,000 adults from Quebec, Canada. According to this survey, a majority of respondents endorsed spanking, despite their recognition of potential harm associated with corporal punishment (CP) of children. The prediction model of attitudes toward spanking included demographics, experiencing or witnessing various forms of family violence and abuse in childhood, and perceived frequency of physical injuries resulting from CP. Spanking was the most reported childhood experience (66.4%), and most violence and abuse predictors were significantly and positively correlated. Older respondents who were spanked in childhood and who believed that spanking never or seldom results in physical injuries were the most in favor of spanking. On the other hand, respondents who reported more severe physical violence or psychological abuse in childhood were less in favor of spanking. Findings are discussed in terms of prevention of CP and family coercion cycle.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 October 2007
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: Journal of interpersonal violence, Vol. 22 (10), 1285–1304 (2007)
Alternative version: 10.1177/0886260507304550
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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