ERIC Number: ED119839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Child's Role in Sparing the Rod.
Sawin, Douglas B.; And Others
The impact of children's reactions to punishment on subsequent adult disciplinary actions was assessed in a study in which adult women administered rewards and punishments contingent on the behavior of a child viewed on a television monitor. Following an aggressive act by the target child and punishment administered by the adult subject, the adult saw the child react to being disciplined in one of four ways (plead, reparation, ignore or defiance). The adult subjects were given a subsequent opportunity to reward or punish the child again by offering or taking away points that the child could ostensibly trade for free play time. The child who reacted to adult discipline by being defiant or by ignoring the agent was most harshly dealt with by the adult subjects. The child who pleaded for lighter punishment was less severely treated, and the child who reacted to punishment by apologizing and promising to behave was generally rewarded by the adult subjects. These findings are discussed in terms of a bidirectional model of childhood socialization wherein recognition is given to the active role the child plays in controlling the disciplinary practices of socializing agents. (Author/JMB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Fels Research Inst., Yellow Springs, OH.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (83rd, Chicago, Illinois, August 30-September 3, 1975); Light print areas throughout document