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Physical punishment and the parenting cycle: A survey of Northern Irish parents

Murphy-Cowan, T and Stringer, Maurice (1999) Physical punishment and the parenting cycle: A survey of Northern Irish parents. JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY & APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 9 (1). pp. 61-71. [Journal article]

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The intergenerational transmission of physical punishment was examined in a questionnaire study of Northern Irish parents (n = 371). Participants completed measures of commitment to and use of physical punishment, hostility and a retrospective parenting report on their parents' disciplinary behaviours. The results reveal that 91% of Northern Irish parents report using physical punishment to discipline their children (including 44% who smack only `very rarely'). Retrospective reports of working class parents suggest that physical punishment by grandparents at low, medium and high levels corresponds to the levels of reported punishment used by participants with their own children. Middle class parents who reported low or medium levels of parental discipline displayed a similar pattern of intergenerational transmission. However, middle class parents who reported receiving higher levels of punishment were found to use lower rates of punishment with their children. Copyright (C) 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute > Peace, Conflict and Equality
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:1016
Deposited By: Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:07 Dec 2009 16:19
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