Some Australian Children's Perceptions of Physical Punishment in Childhood

Bernadette Josephine Saunders, Christopher Rex Goddard

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    Despite ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, children remain the only people in Australia against whom violence may be justified as discipline. This article presents findings from qualitative research conducted in the State of Victoria, in which children were invited to contextualise incidents of physical punishment by describing the experience from different standpoints and reflecting on the feelings and motivations of victims and perpetrators. The research provides new insights into children s experiences of childhood discipline , as children reveal the physical and emotional impact of being hit by a parent, the futility of physical punishment , parents confusing reactions and children s awareness of double standards. Children suggest more positive ways to communicate and to resolve conflict, and provide insightful comments that have the potential to enlighten adults thinking about the issue.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)405 - 417
    Number of pages12
    JournalChildren and Society
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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