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Family & Community Health:
doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e3181d592ef

A Brief Intervention May Affect Parents' Attitudes Toward Using Less Physical Punishment

Scholer, Seth J. MD, MPH; Hamilton, Emma C. BA; Johnson, Melissa C. BA; Scott, Theresa A. MS

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Ninety-six parents in a preschool and pediatric clinic participated in a randomized study of a brief parenting intervention. The Attitudes Toward Spanking (ATS) scale was measured at baseline, and, on average, 4 months postintervention. Higher ATS scores are correlated with increased use of physical punishment. In the intervention group, there was a 2.7-point decrease in the ATS score at follow-up compared with baseline (P = 0.01). There was no decrease in the ATS in the control group. Brief interventions may shift parental attitudes toward using less physical punishment and have implications for improving anticipatory guidance within primary care and early education.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.



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