Changing Beliefs about Corporal Punishment: Increasing Knowledge about Ineffectiveness to Build More Consistent Moral and Informational Beliefs

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Title Changing Beliefs about Corporal Punishment: Increasing Knowledge about Ineffectiveness to Build More Consistent Moral and Informational Beliefs
Author Robinson, Daniel H.; Funk, Daniel Carl; Beth, Alicia; Bush, Angela M.
Journal Name Journal of Behavioral Education
Year Published 2005
Place of publication USA
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Abstract Although the effectiveness of corporal punishment (CP) has received little empirical support, public support for this disciplinary method continues despite calls for its abandonment by researchers. Even among educators, favorable attitudes toward the use of CP are prevalent. We measured education majors beliefs about CP before and after they read about CP research on its effectiveness and side effects. Students who changed their behavioral intent regarding whether they would use CP as a parent increased their knowledge about its ineffectiveness, resulting in greater consistency between their moral and informational beliefs (Wainryb, 1998). Persons who are likely to change from defending to opposing CP regard it as being similar to bad-tasting medicine—not very pleasant but nonetheless necessary. Recommendations concerning implementation and changing other beliefs are discussed.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10864-005-2706-9
Volume 14
Issue Number 2
Edition June 2005
Page from 117
Page to 139
ISSN 1573-3513
Date Accessioned 2006-02-06
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Educational Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/4607
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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