ERIC Number: ED120619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Children's Rights and Parental Punishment Practices.
Feshbach, Seymour; Feshbach, Norma D.
The authors discuss parental punishment practices that do not violate children's physical integrity. Physical punishment is still quite prevalent in the United States and Great Britain. Many studies indicate that not only does physical punishment not prevent the recurrence of undesirable behaviors, but it leads to psychopathology, especially delinquency and aggressive anti-social behavior in the child. As to the consequences of psychological punishment such as love withdrawal and ridicule and guilt induction, research results are not very clear, though there is some evidence which suggests psychological punishment also leads to anxiety and psychopathological disturbances. Several alternatives to punishment as child rearing practices are suggested: the training in behaviors which are incompatible with the disapproved responses, and parental action contingent upon the child's commission of a deviant act. Empathy and reasoning should govern parental discipline, and the latter should address itself to the reasons rather than the consequences of children's misbehavior. The authors conclude that parental discipline should be a public, rather than private issue. (Author)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (83rd, Chicago, Illinois, August 30 to September 2, 1975)