Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 129–142

Experience of Parental Corporal Punishment in Childhood and Adolescence and its Effect on Punitiveness

  • Stefanie Kemme
  • Michael Hanslmaier
  • Christian Pfeiffer
CYCLE OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE

DOI: 10.1007/s10896-013-9564-3

Cite this article as:
Kemme, S., Hanslmaier, M. & Pfeiffer, C. J Fam Viol (2014) 29: 129. doi:10.1007/s10896-013-9564-3

Abstract

The family, as the primary instance of socialization, plays a key role in nurturing values and attitudes. Based on this notion, this paper looks at how parental corporal punishment in childhood and adolescence, as an expression of a strict, authoritarian upbringing, can influence punitiveness later in life. The results of a representative German sample using multivariate analyses show that individuals who were physically punished or abused by their parents during childhood or adolescence are more punitive than non-victims of parental violence. Based on these findings, the question of whether changing parenting styles might have implications at the macro-level of punitiveness is addressed.

Keywords

Parental violence Corporal punishment Upbringing Punitiveness 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefanie Kemme
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michael Hanslmaier
    • 1
  • Christian Pfeiffer
    • 1
  1. 1.Criminological Research Institute of Lower SaxonyHanoverGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Law, Institute of Criminal SciencesUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany