Physical Punishment in Childhood. The Rights of the Child

  • ID: 2174131
  • Book
  • 284 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Physical Punishment in Childhood explores the fine line between normalized physical punishment and illegal or unacceptable physical and emotional abuse of children. It presents important insights into this controversial issue from children, parents, grandparents and professionals who work with children. The authors reflect upon the status of children in societies that sanction physical punishment, the motivations and justifications for its use, perceptions of its effectiveness, and its impact; they also explore the power of the language used by parents, professionals and the media to describe physical punishment.

This book will be of value to child protection workers, children s legal representatives and practitioners, police officers, family court counsellors, psychologists who come into contact with children and families, those working in schools and pre–schools, and medical practitioners who treat children and identify child abuse.

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1 Introduction.

2 Childhood and physical punishment in historical perspective.

3 Legal responses to physical punishment.

4 Conducting sensitive and ethical research with children and adults.

5 Experiences of physical punishment at home, at school and in public places.

6 Public and professional perceptions of the effectiveness of physical punishment.

7 The subjugation of children through language and physical punishment.

8 The effects of physical punishment.

9 The persistence of physical punishment.

10 The morality of physical punishment.

11 An ideal childhood.



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"Publications such as...Physical Punishment in Childhood should help to educate professionals and the public, and advance the cause of children′s rights in the United States and the world." (PsycCRITIQUES, December 2010)

"It provides a very good summary of the history, language, impact and legal responses to physical punishment of children in Sweden and various English–speaking countries, with particular attention to Australia, the authors′ country of residence. The strength and real contribution of the book lies, however, in the presentation of the views of children–voices that are generally not heard in the debate about this contentious issue though they are the ones who bear the brunt of this form of punishment. In this book, they are given equal standing with those of the adults–the parents and the professionals." (Child Abuse Review, 2010)
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