ERIC Number: EJ722934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 55
Physical Discipline and Children's Adjustment: Cultural Normativeness as a Moderator
Lansford, Jennifer E.; Chang, Lei; Dodge, Kenneth A.; Malone, Patrick S.; Oburu, Paul; Palmerus, Kerstin; Bacchini, Dario; Pastorelli, Concetta; Bombi, Anna Silvia; Zelli, Arnaldo; Tapanya, Sombat; Chaudhary, Nandita; Deater-Deckard, Kirby; Manke, Beth; Quinn, Naomi
Child Development, v76 n6 p1234-1246 Nov-Dec 2005
Interviews were conducted with 336 mother--child dyads (children's ages ranged from 6 to 17 years; mothers' ages ranged from 20 to 59 years) in China, India, Italy, Kenya, the Philippines, and Thailand to examine whether normativeness of physical discipline moderates the link between mothers' use of physical discipline and children's adjustment. Multilevel regression analyses revealed that physical discipline was less strongly associated with adverse child outcomes in conditions of greater perceived normativeness, but physical discipline was also associated with more adverse outcomes regardless of its perceived normativeness. Countries with the lowest use of physical discipline showed the strongest association between mothers' use and children's behavior problems, but in all countries higher use of physical discipline was associated with more aggression and anxiety.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Behavior Problems, Mothers, Discipline, Punishment, Child Rearing, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Influences, Adjustment (to Environment), Aggression, Anxiety
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; India; Italy; Kenya; Philippines; Thailand