Physical Punishment, Culture, and Rights: Current Issues for Professionals

  title={Physical Punishment, Culture, and Rights: Current Issues for Professionals},
  author={Joan E. Durrant},
  journal={Journal of Developmental \& Behavioral Pediatrics},
  • J. Durrant
  • Published 1 February 2008
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
Once considered a legitimate parenting tool, physical punishment is increasingly being redefined as a developmental risk factor by health professionals. Three forces that have contributed to this significant social change are the evolution of pediatric psychology, increasing understanding of the dynamics of parental violence, and growing recognition of children as rights bearers. However, despite the consistency of research findings demonstrating the risks of physical punishment, some… 

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