Justin K ScottPostdoctoral Fellow in the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA
About the author:
My research focuses on understanding parents’ beliefs about childrearing and discipline, including how parents obtain and evaluate information about parenting.
What I want to achieve:
My hope is that through a greater understanding of how parents perceive scientific information about childrearing, we can develop more convincing evidence-based messages about discipline to ultimately change U.S. public opinion of physical punishment.
More from the Child and Family Blog:
The negative impacts of physical punishment and psychological aggression on child development are similar in high-, middle- and low-income countries
Physical punishment of children has emotionally and psychologically negative effects across cultural communities, hindering developmental potential.
by Jaipaul L. Roopnarine and Elif Dede Yildirim
Hitting children leads to reduced literacy skills throughout their childhood
Research shows that hitting children of kindergarten age harms their literacy skills through eighth grade.
by Dianna Tran, Julie Braungart-Rieker and Lijuan Wang
Short, low-cost online parenting skills program may cut corporal punishment of children
Many parents say they plan to stop corporal punishment of their children after a parenting skills program.
By Seth Scholer
Hitting a child causes damage that may not be alleviated by cuddles and kisses – maternal warmth can actually make things worse
Research across many countries shows childhood anxiety and aggression caused by physical punishment may not fall, and can increase, when mum is very loving.
By Jennifer E. Lansford
Spanking children does not make them ‘nicer’, but hugging does
Many parents continue to think that spanking children makes them better behaved. A pioneering study shows that this belief is misguided and that maternal warmth, unlike spanking, is the way to create positive child behaviors.
By Elizabeth Gershoff, Inna Altschul and Shawna J. Lee
Corporal punishment damages child development – parents should choose ‘positive child discipline’ instead
The demise of corporal punishment is slow because of lack of clarity about effectiveness of different forms of child discipline.
By George W. Holden