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U.S. Pediatricians' Attitudes, Beliefs, and Perceived Professional Injunctive Norms about Spanking
“To assess United States pediatricians' attitudes, beliefs, and perceived professional injunctive norms regarding spanking."
By Catherine A. Taylor and Ken Tyrolf, Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
Pediatricians are one of the most credible professional sources of advice for parents concerning how best to discipline their children.
There is now an overwhelming body of scientific evidence that hitting children, even for disciplinary purposes (i.e., spanking or corporal punishment), leads to increased risk of harm to children’s overall health.
This study shows that most U.S. pediatricians are aware of this evidence and do not support hitting children for discipline.
Pediatricians can play a crucial role in shifting this long-standing, widely held social norm in the U.S. by sharing their views and pointing parents toward alternative forms of discipline