Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 129–142 | Cite as

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

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

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 

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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

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