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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


Our Mission

The MISSION of the Action Team to End Hitting Children is to gather many people to do small jobs for the purpose of diminishing and finally ending the hitting of children. By "htiting" we mean to include beating, spanking, slapping, shaking, popping, and any other form of physical or emotional punishment that demeans the child and creates emotional, mental, and physical harm. Our strategy is to use many people to do small amounts of work that create momentum to make a difference. 

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