Promising Intervention Strategies To Reduce Parents’ Use Of Physical Punishment (In Special Issue: Moving Beyond the Spanking Debate: A Call to Action).

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Child Abuse and Neglect
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Gershoff, Elizabeth T.
Lee, Shawna J.
Durrant, Joan E.
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Journal Article
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The strong and ever-growing evidence base demonstrating that physical punishment places children at risk for a range of negative outcomes, coupled with global recognition of children’s inherent rights to protection and dignity, has led to the emergence of programs specifically designed to prevent physical punishment by parents. This paper describes promising programs and strategies designed for each of three levels of intervention-- indicated, selective, and universal--and summarizes the existing evidence base of each. Areas for further program development and evaluation are identified. (Author abstract)

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