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South Med J. 2007 May;100(5):472-7.

A longitudinal study of parental discipline of young children.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7225, USA. rsocolar@med.unc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine how discipline practices changed over time for young children.

METHODS:

A cohort of parents with young children were interviewed in clinic about a broad array of disciplinary practices at two points in time.

RESULTS:

A total of 182 parents were interviewed at Time 1, and 94 were interviewed at Time 1 and 2. Mean age of the child was 16.2 months at Time 1 and 35.8 months at Time 2. Monitoring, verbal communication, and distracting were the most common types of discipline when the children were one year old. Corporal punishment (P < 0.05), verbal communication (P < 0.001), timeout (< 0.0001), removing privileges (< 0.0001), negative demeanor (< 0.0001), and sternness (< 0.0001) increased significantly from Time 1 to Time 2. Distracting (< 0.001) decreased significantly and positive demeanor also decreased.

CONCLUSIONS:

Most discipline practices increased in frequency over the 20 months of this study. The increase in parental negative demeanor seems particularly important and worthy of further study.

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PMID:
17534082
DOI:
10.1097/SMJ.0b013e318038fb1c
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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