To Spank or Not To Spank: The Effect of Situation and Age of Child on Support for Corporal Punishment

  title={To Spank or Not To Spank: The Effect of Situation and Age of Child on Support for Corporal Punishment},
  author={Clifton P. Flynn},
  journal={Journal of Family Violence},
This study examined college students' attitudes toward spanking as a function of the situational context and age of the child. As expected, respondents were more likely to find spanking appropriate for preschool (ages 3–4) and early school age children (ages 7–8) than for older children (ages 11–12). Physical punishment was also viewed as more suitable when the child's misbehavior was disrespectful (talking back to a parent), or violated strongly held norms (hitting a playmate, stealing), and… CONTINUE READING

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