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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

The effect of corporal punishment and verbal abuse on delinquency: Mediating mechanisms

Type :
Research reports & papers
Author :
Sara Z. Evans, Leslie Gordon Simons, Ronald L. Simons
Published :
2012
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While the link between parenting and delinquency is well established, there is less consensus among scholars with regards to the processes that account for this link. The current study had two objectives. The first was to disentangle the effects of African American parents’ use of corporal punishment and verbal abuse on the conduct problems of their preteen children. The second was to investigate the mechanisms that explain this relationship, such as having low self-control or a hostile view of relationships, whereby these harsh parenting practices increase a youth’s involvement in problem behavior.