ERIC Number: ED336182
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Passing the Rod: Similarities between Parents' and Children's Orientations toward Physical Punishment.
Holden, George W.; And Others
This study examined the correspondence between parents' and children's orientations toward the use of physical punishment. A series of vignettes concerning child misbehavior was shown to children and their parents. Subjects were asked to assess the likelihood of their responding to the situation shown by spanking the child in the vignette. Attitudes toward spanking, and the frequency of spanking in the parent-child relationship, were assessed. Few sex differences were found. For 5-year-olds, there was a correlation between parents' spanking beliefs and children's reports of being spanked, but no correlation between parents' spanking beliefs and children's responses to the vignettes. For eight-year-olds, there was a decreased correlation between parents' beliefs and children's reports of being spanked. For college students, there were few correlations between parents' beliefs and children's reports of being spanked, but higher correlations between students' responses to the vignette and students' perceptions of their parents' intentions and attitudes. Students' perceptions of parental attitudes about physical punishment were found to predict students' own attitudes. The data appears to mean that children's perceptions of their parents' beliefs about punishment are more significant than actual parental practices. A list of five references is provided. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Intergenerational Transmission
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Seattle, WA, April 18-20, 1991).