Corporal punishment and externalizing behaviors in toddlers: positive and harsh parenting as moderators

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dc.contributor.author Mendez, Marcos D.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-16T16:49:19Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-16T16:49:19Z
dc.date.issued 2013-08-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/16276
dc.description.abstract Controversy still exists in whether parents should or should not use corporal punishment to discipline their young children. The aim of this study was to investigate whether corporal punishment when the child was two years old predicted child externalizing behaviors a year later, and whether or not this association was moderated by parents’ observed positivity and harshness towards their child. A total of 218 couples and their first born child were selected for this study from the Family Transition Project (FTP) data set. Findings indicated that frequency of fathers’ corporal punishment when the child was two years old predicted child externalizing behaviors a year later, while controlling for initial levels of child externalizing behavior. Also, it was found that observed positive parenting and observed harsh parenting moderated the relationship between corporal punishment and child externalizing behaviors. These results highlight the importance of continuing to examine the efficacy of a commonly used form of discipline (i.e., corporal punishment). Furthermore, this study suggests that the parental climate in which corporal punishment is used may also be important to consider because parental positivity and harshness attenuate and amplify, respectively, the association of corporal punishment with child externalizing. Implications for family therapy are offered. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Corporal Punishment en_US
dc.subject Spanking en_US
dc.subject Slapping en_US
dc.subject Externalizing Behaviors en_US
dc.subject CBCL en_US
dc.subject Family Transition Project en_US
dc.title Corporal punishment and externalizing behaviors in toddlers: positive and harsh parenting as moderators en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Department of Family Studies and Human Services en_US
dc.description.advisor Sandra Stith and Jared Durtschi en_US
dc.subject.umi Ecology (0329) en_US
dc.date.published 2013 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth August en_US


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