We Must Stop Hitting Children!
Part 5 Hitting Is Used for a Variety of Reasons
By Kerby T. Alvy, Ph.D.
Research has found that parents are more likely to use physical punishment if:
1. They strongly favor it and believe in its effectiveness.
2. They were themselves physically punished as children.
3. They have a cultural background, namely their religion, their ethnicity, and/or their country of origin, that they perceive approves of the use of physical punishment.
4. They are socially disadvantaged, in that they have low income, low education, or live in a disadvantaged neighborhood.
5. They are experiencing stress (such as that precipitated by financial hardships or marital conflict), mental health symptoms, or diminished emotional well-being.
6. They report being frustrated or aggravated with their children on a regular basis.
7. They are under 30 years of age.
8. The child being punished is a preschooler (2-5 years old).
9. The child’s misbehavior involves hurting someone else or putting themselves in danger.
Any surprises here?
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