Child care quarterly

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 27–37

Punitive and non-punitive discipline and subsequent rule-following in young children

  • Ignatius J. Toner

DOI: 10.1007/BF01118991

Cite this article as:
Toner, I.J. Child Youth Care Forum (1986) 15: 27. doi:10.1007/BF01118991


Responding to the needs of parents and child care workers for reliable guidelines, social learning theorists have offered a new perspective on the effectiveness of various disciplinary techniques in encouraging rule-following in young children. While punishment may be of limited value in consistently influencing rule-related behavior, non-punitive techniques have been found to have greater impact on children who have begun to master their native language.

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© Human Sciences Press 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ignatius J. Toner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotte