African American Families and the Role of Physical Discipline: Witnessing the Past in the Present.
Thomas, Krista A. Dettlaff, Alan J.
Published: July 2011
Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment.
Vol. 21, No. 5 , p. 963-977
Taylor and Francis Group
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The use of physical discipline within African American families is examined from a historical perspective within the context of institutionalized racism and racial disproportionality in the child welfare system. African American parenting strengths are explored, demonstrating that the use of physical discipline can be purposeful, controlled, and appropriate, utilized to protect African American children and instruct them how to behave and survive within a racist society. Available literature on corporal punishment is reviewed, and implications for culturally informed child welfare practice are provided. (Author abstract)
African Americans; discipline; child abuse; physical abuse; historical perspective; racial disproportionality; parent child relationships; cultural differences; corporal punishment; cultural competency; social work