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ERIC Number: ED337938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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)
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
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse, Chicago, IL.; Schulman, Ronca and Bucuvalas, Inc., New York, NY.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A