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ERIC Number: ED119829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Pages: 31
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Punishment: Parent Rites vs. Children's Rights.
Feshbach, Norma Deitch; Feshbach, Seymour
This critical review of literature on punishment practices and child rearing examines the question of children's rights in the context of parent practices, values and prerogatives. Society regards the family unit as a sacrosanct system open to inspection and intervention only when there is tangible evidence of physical child abuse. The recent upsurge of interest in the problem of child abuse may be attributed to heightened awareness rather than an increase in abuse occurrence as it was not very long ago that many abusive child rearing practices were accepted procedures for socializing the child. The definition of cruel and unusual punishment should be extended to all forms of punishment which leave negative consequences for the growth and wellbeing of the child. Literature is reviewed on: (1) patterns of parent punishment practices, (2) effects of physical and psychological punishment practices, (3) alternatives to physical and psychological punishment which serve the functions of socialization while furthering the cause of children's rights and welfare, and (4) implications and implementation of the proposed alternatives. It is suggested that making child rearing practices more open to scrutiny would not only protect children's interests and rights but would encourage parents to discuss their problems, ask for guidance and take advantage of available resources. (GO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (83rd, Chicago, Illinois, August 30-September 3, 1975)