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


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
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotte

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