A genetically informed study of the association between harsh punishment and offspring behavioral problems

Lynch, Stacy K., Turkheimer, Eric, D'Onofrio, Brian M., Mendle, Jane, Emery, Robert E., Slutske, Wendy S. and Martin, Nicholas G. (2006) A genetically informed study of the association between harsh punishment and offspring behavioral problems. Journal of Family Psychology, 20 2: 190-198. doi:10.1037/0893-3200.20.2.190


Author Lynch, Stacy K.
Turkheimer, Eric
D'Onofrio, Brian M.
Mendle, Jane
Emery, Robert E.
Slutske, Wendy S.
Martin, Nicholas G.
Title A genetically informed study of the association between harsh punishment and offspring behavioral problems
Journal name Journal of Family Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0893-3200
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/0893-3200.20.2.190
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 190
End page 198
Total pages 9
Editor A. E. Kazak
Place of publication Washington, U.S.A.
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321011 Medical Genetics
730218 Social structure and health
Abstract Conclusions about the effects of harsh parenting on children have been limited by research designs that cannot control for genetic or shared environmental confounds. The present study used a sample of children of twins and a hierarchical linear modeling statistical approach to analyze the consequences of varying levels of punishment while controlling for many confounding influences. The sample of 887 twin pairs and 2,554 children came from the Australian Twin Registry. Although corporal punishment per se did not have significant associations with negative childhood outcomes, harsher forms of physical punishment did appear to have specific and significant effects. The observed association between harsh physical punishment and negative outcomes in children survived a relatively rigorous test of its causal status, thereby increasing the authors' conviction that harsh physical punishment is a serious risk factor for children.
Keyword Psychology, Clinical
Family Studies
Behavior Genetics
Children Of Twins
Harsh Punishment
Corporal Punishment
Offspring Outcomes
Retrospective Reports
Physical Abuse
Gershoff 2002
Twins Design
Psychopathology
Experiences
Children
Drinking
Sample
Q-Index Code C1

 
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