Parental Corporal Punishment Research Paper by hicaliber

Parental Corporal Punishment
A research report on E.T. Gershoff's meta-analysis of the effects of corporal punishment on children.
# 93212 | 3,327 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Mar 13, 2007 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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The paper examines how Gershoff conducted a meta-analytic study, which investigated the effect of parental corporal punishment (CP) on children. Gershoff found that parents who spank their children risk long-term harm that outweighs the short-term benefits of instant obedience. The paper discusses how professionals do not all agree on whether CP outweighs any potential hazards and lasting effects on children. This has inspired debates about what effects CP has and does not have on children, what is the definition of CP, and what child behaviors and experiences are associated with parental CP. This paper explores whether CP promotes positive and adaptive behaviors in children or if CP leads to other undesirable anti-social behavior in children.

Table of Contents:
Statement of the Problem
Source of the Problem
Significance of the Problem
Feasibility of the Problem for Study
Scope of the Literature Review
Theoretical Context of the Problem
Hypotheses/Research Questions
Variables of Interest
Control of Extraneous Variables
Assessing Internal and External Validity
Sampling Design
Measurement Instruments
Sources of Measurement Error
Ethical Considerations
Data Analysis
Presentation of Results; Use of Tables
Interpretation of Results
Communicating Findings
Limitations of the Study
Alternative Explanations
Implications for the practitioner
Implications for further research

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gershoff, E. T. (2002). Corporal punishment by parents and associated child behaviors and experiences: A meta-analytic and theoretical review. Psychological Bulletin, 128 (4), 539-579.

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