ERIC Number: EJ855331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Trajectories of Physical Discipline: Early Childhood Antecedents and Developmental Outcomes
Lansford, Jennifer E.; Criss, Michael M.; Dodge, Kenneth A.; Shaw, Daniel S.; Pettit, Gregory S.; Bates, John E.
Child Development, v80 n5 p1385-1402 Sep-Oct 2009
This study examined childhood antecedents and developmental outcomes associated with trajectories of mild and harsh parental physical discipline. Interview, questionnaire, and observational data were available from 499 children followed from ages 5 to 16 and from 258 children in an independent sample followed from ages 5 to 15. Analyses indicated distinct physical discipline trajectory groups that varied in frequency of physical discipline and rate of change. In both samples, family ecological disadvantage differentiated the trajectory groups; in the first sample, early child externalizing also differentiated the groups. Controlling for early childhood externalizing, the minimal/ceasing trajectory groups were associated with the lowest levels of subsequent adolescent antisocial behavior in both samples and with parent-adolescent positive relationship quality in the second sample.
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Child Rearing, Family Characteristics, Family Environment, Behavior Problems, Parent Child Relationship, Discipline, Antisocial Behavior, Punishment, Young Children, Child Development, Developmental Stages, Children, Adolescents, Questionnaires, Interviews, Observation
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