Seth ScholerProfessor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
About the author:
My research interests focus on developing a brief parenting assessment tool and teaching parents about healthy discipline options.
What I want to achieve:
I would like to reduce the proportion of children exposed to unhealthy discipline strategies.
More from the Child and Family Blog:
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
Ending the practice of spanking young children may require more individualized, belief-based dialogue with parents
Scientific evidence is easily sidelined by parental beliefs and displaced by critical anecdotes on the Internet.
by Justin K Scott and Elizabeth Gershoff
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