Exploring the communicative nature of corporal punishment

Jeffrey W. Kassing, Kevin J. Pearce, Dominic A. Infante, Susan M. Pyles

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Extensive research in sociology and psychology suggests that corporal punishment of children is a serious problem because it increases the risk of physical and psychological harm. In the present study we utilized a recently developed communication framework to investigate corporal punishment. We derived two hypotheses and conducted a study of 178 college students. Following established procedures, we asked respondents to report about corporal punishment during a period of their youth. Participants rated each parent and themselves on aggressive communication measures. They also rated themselves on assault tendencies, anger, self-esteem, and intentions to use corporal punishment. Support for our two hypotheses revealed that when participants recalled receiving higher levels of corporal punishment they perceived their parents to be higher in verbal aggressiveness. Furthermore, they reported being higher in assault tendencies, anger, and intentions to use corporal punishment with their children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-28
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Phytoremediation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Plant Science


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