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Severity and Justness Do Not Moderate the Relation Between Corporal Punishment and Negative Child Outcomes: A Multicultural and Longitudinal Study.

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Alampay, LP; Godwin, J; Lansford, JE; Bombi, AS; Bornstein, MH; Chang, L; Deater-Deckard, K; Di Giunta, L; Dodge, KA; Malone, PS; Oburu, P ...
Published in: International journal of behavioral development
July 2017

There is strong evidence of a positive association between corporal punishment and negative child outcomes, but previous studies have suggested that the manner in which parents implement corporal punishment moderates the effects of its use. This study investigated whether severity and justness in the use of corporal punishment moderate the associations between frequency of corporal punishment and child externalizing and internalizing behaviors. This question was examined using a multicultural sample from eight countries and two waves of data collected one year apart. Interviews were conducted with 998 children aged 7-10 years, and their mothers and fathers, from China, Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Philippines, Thailand, and the United States. Mothers and fathers responded to questions on the frequency, severity, and justness of their use of corporal punishment; they also reported on the externalizing and internalizing behavior of their child. Children reported on their aggression. Multigroup path models revealed that across cultural groups, and as reported by mothers and fathers, there is a positive relation between the frequency of corporal punishment and externalizing child behaviors. Mother-reported severity and father-reported justness were associated with child-reported aggression. Neither severity nor justness moderated the relation between frequency of corporal punishment and child problem behavior. The null result suggests that more use of corporal punishment is harmful to children regardless of how it is implemented, but requires further substantiation as the study is unable to definitively conclude that there is no true interaction effect.

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International journal of behavioral development

DOI

EISSN

1464-0651

ISSN

0165-0254

Publication Date

July 2017

Volume

41

Issue

4

Start / End Page

491 / 502

Related Subject Headings

  • Developmental & Child Psychology
  • 5205 Social and personality psychology
  • 5203 Clinical and health psychology
  • 5201 Applied and developmental psychology
  • 1702 Cognitive Sciences
  • 1701 Psychology
 

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Alampay, L. P., Godwin, J., Lansford, J. E., Bombi, A. S., Bornstein, M. H., Chang, L., … Bacchini, D. (2017). Severity and Justness Do Not Moderate the Relation Between Corporal Punishment and Negative Child Outcomes: A Multicultural and Longitudinal Study. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 41(4), 491–502. https://doi.org/10.1177/0165025417697852
Alampay, Liane Peña, Jennifer Godwin, Jennifer E. Lansford, Anna Silvia Bombi, Marc H. Bornstein, Lei Chang, Kirby Deater-Deckard, et al. “Severity and Justness Do Not Moderate the Relation Between Corporal Punishment and Negative Child Outcomes: A Multicultural and Longitudinal Study.International Journal of Behavioral Development 41, no. 4 (July 2017): 491–502. https://doi.org/10.1177/0165025417697852.
Alampay LP, Godwin J, Lansford JE, Bombi AS, Bornstein MH, Chang L, et al. Severity and Justness Do Not Moderate the Relation Between Corporal Punishment and Negative Child Outcomes: A Multicultural and Longitudinal Study. International journal of behavioral development. 2017 Jul;41(4):491–502.
Alampay, Liane Peña, et al. “Severity and Justness Do Not Moderate the Relation Between Corporal Punishment and Negative Child Outcomes: A Multicultural and Longitudinal Study.International Journal of Behavioral Development, vol. 41, no. 4, July 2017, pp. 491–502. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0165025417697852.
Alampay LP, Godwin J, Lansford JE, Bombi AS, Bornstein MH, Chang L, Deater-Deckard K, Di Giunta L, Dodge KA, Malone PS, Oburu P, Pastorelli C, Skinner AT, Sorbring E, Tapanya S, Uribe Tirado LM, Zelli A, Al-Hassan S, Bacchini D. Severity and Justness Do Not Moderate the Relation Between Corporal Punishment and Negative Child Outcomes: A Multicultural and Longitudinal Study. International journal of behavioral development. 2017 Jul;41(4):491–502.
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Published In

International journal of behavioral development

DOI

EISSN

1464-0651

ISSN

0165-0254

Publication Date

July 2017

Volume

41

Issue

4

Start / End Page

491 / 502

Related Subject Headings

  • Developmental & Child Psychology
  • 5205 Social and personality psychology
  • 5203 Clinical and health psychology
  • 5201 Applied and developmental psychology
  • 1702 Cognitive Sciences
  • 1701 Psychology