Longitudinal links between spanking and children's externalizing behaviors in a national sample of White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian American families.

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Journal Article

This study examined whether the longitudinal links between mothers' use of spanking and children's externalizing behaviors are moderated by family race/ethnicity, as would be predicted by cultural normativeness theory, once mean differences in frequency of use are controlled. A nationally representative sample of White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian American families (n = 11,044) was used to test a cross-lagged path model from 5 to 8 years old. While race/ethnic differences were observed in the frequency of spanking, no differences were found in the associations of spanking and externalizing over time: Early spanking predicted increases in children's externalizing while early child externalizing elicited more spanking over time across all race/ethnic groups.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gershoff, ET; Lansford, JE; Sexton, HR; Davis-Kean, P; Sameroff, AJ

Published Date

  • May 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 83 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 838 - 843

PubMed ID

  • 22304526

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22304526

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-8624

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-3920

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01732.x

Language

  • eng