Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Effects of Spanking on Mental Health and Why Clinicians Need to Know
by Polk, Julia Rose M, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2016, 71; 10076225
Abstract (Summary)

This research explores the cultural, sociopolitical, biological, and psychological aspects of spanking. Utilizing a hermeneutic methodology, it reviews the language used around spanking, such as abuse, trauma, violence, corporal punishment, maltreatment, adverse childhood experiences, interpersonal victimization, and discipline; its history in indigenous and post-Columbian America; and empirical findings about its effects on mental health. It concludes with suggestions as to how to use this information clinically, noting perspectives on treating intergenerational transmission of trauma and the ethical duties of mental health practitioners to advocate against abuse.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pottenger, Rebecca
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Public health, Developmental psychology
Keywords: Abuse, Adverse childhood experiences, Corporal punishment, Intergenerational transmission, Neglect, Psychological trauma, Spanking
Publication Number: 10076225
ISBN: 978-1-339-58539-0
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