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ERIC Number: EJ856485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0605
Physical Punishment in Christian Arab Families in Israel: Attitudes and Behaviour
Guttmann, Joseph; Lazar, Amnon; Makhoul, Samar
Children & Society, v23 n6 p430-441 Nov 2009
The present study examines the attitudes towards physical punishment (PP) and its actual use as reported by Christian Arab parents and their children in Israel. Participants were parents and one child (of at least two) in 50 Christian Arab families. Three questionnaires based on semi-structured interviews were developed for the study. Results show no difference in family members' attitudes towards the use of PP. Whereas, the mean scores indicate ambivalent acceptance of this practice, the great majority of participants reported its frequent use. Mothers' and fathers' attitudes were found to be highly correlated and significant predictors of such behaviour. All three groups reported that mothers use PP much more than fathers do, although it was the fathers whom the children feared most. The results also show that the parents' most frequent reaction to seven categories of children's misbehaviour was verbal violence and the second most frequent reaction was PP. These and other results are discussed in the context of Arab culture in Israel, the social situation model and relevant research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel