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ERIC Number: EJ827278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Religious Beliefs, Sociopolitical Ideology, and Attitudes toward Corporal Punishment
Ellison, Christopher G.; Bradshaw, Matt
Journal of Family Issues, v30 n3 p320-340 2009
The use of corporal punishment to discipline children remains a perennial focus of controversy. Several studies published in the 1990s linked support for, and use of, corporal punishment with religious factors, particularly core doctrines of conservative (i.e., evangelical and fundamentalist) Protestantism. This study reexamines the relationships between religious beliefs and attitudes toward corporal punishment using data from the 1998 National Opinion Research Center General Social Survey, which contains an extensive special module of items tapping aspects of religious doctrine. The authors also consider the implications of the "culture wars" thesis, which suggests that sociopolitical ideology--in addition to, or instead of--religious factors may shape corporal punishment attitudes. Findings underscore the importance of conservative Protestant beliefs, especially hierarchical images of God and belief in Hell, but not denominational affiliation. Sociopolitical conservatism is independently related to support for corporal punishment, but controlling for ideology does not substantially reduce the estimated net effects of religious factors. (Contains 2 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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