TITLE

WHAT DO CHILDREN TELL US ABOUT PHYSICAL PUNISHMENT AS A RISK FACTOR FOR CHILD ABUSE?

AUTHOR(S)
Dobbs, Terry
PUB. DATE
March 2007
SOURCE
Social Policy Journal of New Zealand;Mar2007, Issue 30, p145
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper discusses children's views of family discipline and possible implications for policymakers. In 2004, 80 New Zealand children, between five and 14 years of age, took part in research eliciting their views on family discipline. In response to questions on family discipline children spontaneously revealed concerning levels of the frequency and severity of physical punishment, some of which would be identified as child abuse using any threshold. Children's reports of the context in which physical punishment was delivered by parents was also of concern. Many children reported high levels of confusion when trying to link their own views of physical punishment with the actions of their parents.
ACCESSION #
24978839

 

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