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Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 141–152 | Cite as

An analysis of the physical punishment component of a parent training program

  • Dan E. Day
  • Mark W. Roberts
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Abstract

One component of a well-researched, standardized parent training program is to spank children for escape from time-out. The contribution of the spanking component to compliance acquisition in a clinic analog setting was evaluated. Time-out duration and child disruption at time-out release were balanced across spank and no-spank (“barrier”) conditions. Sixteen noncompliant, clinic-referred preschool children participated. The data indicated that both spank and barrier procedures were equally effective at increasing compliance ratios. Physical punishment did not appear to be a critical component. Given prior research, it was concluded that the enforcement of a minimum time-out duration is critical for compliance acquisition within the analog setting.

Keywords

Training Program Preschool Child Critical Component Parent Training Standardize Parent 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dan E. Day
    • 1
  • Mark W. Roberts
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentIdaho State UniversityPocatello

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