ERIC Number: ED337938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Public Attitudes and Behaviors with Respect to Child Abuse Prevention 1987-1991. Working Paper Number 840.
Daro, Deborah; Gelles, Richard
This report summarizes key findings of a series of national public opinion polls to determine the public's attitudes and actions with respect to child abuse prevention. Findings are reported for four areas: public attitudes toward specific parental discipline practices; the frequency of specific parental discipline practices; the public's support for and involvement in child abuse prevention efforts; and the public's perception of the causes of maltreatment. Results suggest a dramatic change in public attitudes and behaviors over the past several years with 75% of Americans now believing that repeated yelling and swearing and the use of physical punishment can injure a child. Other findings showed 12% fewer parents (than 1988) spanking their children, and 25% acting in some way to prevent child abuse. However, other findings indicated over 50% of the states continue to allow corporal punishment in the schools and that few respondents saw a link between spanking and child abuse and 10% fewer (than in 1988) individuals feel that can help to prevent child abuse. (DB)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Child Abuse, Child Rearing, Citizenship Responsibility, Corporal Punishment, Discipline, National Surveys, Prevention, Public Opinion
National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60604 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse, Chicago, IL.; Schulman, Ronca and Bucuvalas, Inc., New York, NY.