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ERIC Number: EJ106813
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1974
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Social Class and Corporal Punishment in Childrearing: A Reassessment
Erlanger, Howard S.
American Sociological Review, 39, 1, 68-85, Feb 74
This analysis updates a previous 1958 review of literature on socialization and social class, drawing on more recently published studies and a secondary analysis of a national survey. It is suggested that although various studies have found a statistically significant relationship between social class and the use of corporal punishment, this relationship is weak in terms of the actual magnitude of class differences. Implications are discussed in terms of failure to empirically substantiate more general inferences usually drawn in the areas of working class authoritarianism, child abuse, and the presence of a subculture of violence. (Author/EH)
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