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ERIC Number: EJ815134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0951-0605
Some Australian Children's Perceptions of Physical Punishment in Childhood
Saunders, Bernadette J.; Goddard, Chris
Children & Society, v22 n6 p405-417 Nov 2008
Despite ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, children remain the only people in Australia against whom violence may be justified as discipline. This article presents findings from qualitative research conducted in the State of Victoria, in which children were invited to contextualise incidents of physical punishment by describing the experience from different standpoints and reflecting on the feelings and motivations of victims and perpetrators. The research provides new insights into children's experiences of childhood "discipline", as children reveal the physical and emotional impact of being hit by a parent, the futility of "physical punishment", parents' confusing reactions and children's awareness of double standards. Children suggest more positive ways to communicate and to resolve conflict, and provide insightful comments that have the potential to enlighten adults' thinking about the issue.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia