powered by centersite dot net
Parenting
Resources
Basic InformationMore InformationLatest News
Do Older Dads Produce Brainy Boys?Most Mothers Have Been Victims of 'Mommy-Shaming,' Poll FindsTime for Some Summer Sun Safety TipsWhen Parents Focus on Smartphones, Kids' Misbehaving Can RiseCan Sharing Your Bedroom With Baby Come With Risks?Brush Up on Swim Safety for SummerDo Daughters Bring Out a Dad's 'Softer Side'?Are All Those 'Fidget Spinners' Really Helping Kids?1 in 5 U.S. Kids Killed in Crashes Not Restrained ProperlyMany Parents Underestimate Drowning RisksHealth Tip: Be a Safe Driver for Your Kids'Dr. Google' May Undermine Parents' Trust in Their PediatricianAre You Raising an 'Emotional Eater'?Health Tip: Concerned About Your Child's Weight?Could a Clinical Trial Help Your Child?Parents' Pot Use a Tricky Topic When It Comes to Their KidsHealth Tip: Help Your Child with Body Image'Eraser Challenge' Latest Harmful Social Media Trend for KidsSpring-Clean Your Medicine Cabinet to Safeguard Your KidsObese Moms May Fail to Spot Obesity in Their Own KidsAs Pot Legalization Advances, Pediatricians Warn of DangersKids Mean Less Shuteye for Mom, While Dad Slumbers On'Love Hormone' Helps Dads and Babies BondBe Your Child's ValentineHarsh Parenting Can Backfire With Bad Behavior From TeensParents of Kids With Heart Defects Face PTSD Risk: StudyChronic Bullying Can Show Up in Report CardsParents Have Mixed Views on When to Keep Sick Kids Out of SchoolHead for the Hills With Sled Safety in MindKids' Care May Suffer When Parents Clash With Medical StaffHealth Tip: Getting Your Child VaccinatedGive Kids a Safe, Stress-Free HolidayHealth Tip: If Your Child is CyberbulliedHealth Tip: Help Kids Develop Healthy AmbitionPhysical Punishment of Children Declining in the United StatesHealth Tip: Encourage Kids to Choose Good FriendsOpioid Overdoses Have Nearly Tripled Among Kids, TeensKids With Gay or Lesbian Parents Do Just Fine: StudyTips for Keeping Halloween Safe and FunHealth Tip: Supporting a Child Who Is BulliedBe Aware of What You Share Online About Your KidsEven 6th Graders Commit Cyber Dating Abuse: StudyHow to Help a Child Who's CyberbulliedTexting While Parenting: A 21st Century TrapHow to Prepare Your Child for a New Brother or SisterWhy Parenting May Be More Stressful for Mom6 Keys to a Safe, Allergy-Free HalloweenMost Low-Income Dads Stay Involved With Their Kids: StudyHealth Tip: Prepare Kids for School EmergenciesHealthy Diet as Teen, Less Weight Gain as Adult
Questions and AnswersVideosLinksBook ReviewsSelf-Help Groups
Related Topics

Child & Adolescent Development: Overview
Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses
Family & Relationship Issues
Internet Addiction and Media Issues
Child Development & Parenting: Infants (0-2)
Child Development & Parenting: Early (3-7)
Child Development & Parenting: Middle (8-11)
Child Development Theory: Middle Childhood (8-11)
Child & Adolescent Development: Puberty
Child Development Theory: Adolescence (12-24)
Child Development & Parenting:Adolescence (12-24)

Physical Punishment of Children Declining in the United States


HealthDay News
Updated: Nov 15th 2016

new article illustration

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Spanking and hitting children to discipline them has been on the decline among U.S. parents -- rich and poor alike -- since 1988, according to research published online Nov. 14 in Pediatrics.

Rebecca Ryan, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and colleagues reviewed four national studies of kindergarten-age children. The studies were conducted between 1988 and 2011.

According to the researchers, the number of mothers with an average income level who considered physical discipline acceptable decreased from 46 to 21 percent over two decades. At the same time, mothers who felt timeouts were a better type of discipline rose from 51 to 71 percent. More low-income parents than high-income parents still believe in hitting children to discipline them. Yet poorer parents, like richer parents, are increasingly using timeouts. Nearly one-third of mothers with the lowest incomes still spanked or hit kindergarten-age children. Almost 25 percent reported using physical punishment in the last week, the researchers said. Parents with the highest incomes are less likely to endorse or report using physical discipline than those at the bottom of the income scale.

The study authors suggest that the publication of a policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the middle of the study period may have accelerated the declining rates.

Full Text
Editorial