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Corporal Punishment

For several decades, scholars from different disciplines have examined different parenting styles and their effects on children's wellbeing and school success. Among other things, different forms of discipline, including corporal punishment, were studied. Research has shown that authoritative parenting (characterized by firm boundaries, warm relationships between parents and children, and positive discipline) as opposed to authoritarian parenting (firm boundaries accompanied by punitive discipline) benefits children by leading to a wide range of positive outcomes. The children of parents who are responsive to their needs, who are warm and supportive, who permit them to be active participants in establishing rules, and who use reasoning as a main disciplinary practice, are more likely to demonstrate more positive social behaviors and better educational outcomes. For example, the Study ...

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