Corporal punishment viewed as more acceptable and effective when referred to as spanking

Corporal punishment viewed as more acceptable and effective when referred to as spanking

Parents and nonparents alike feel better about corporal punishment when it’s called ‘spanking’ rather than ‘hitting’ or ‘beating,’ according to a new study by researchers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Study participants judged identical acts of a child’s misbehavior and the corporal punishment that followed it, but rated the discipline...

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