Author: Elizabeth T. Gershoff, Human Development and Family Sciences University of Texas at Austin
Full Citation: (2017) School corporal punishment in global perspective: prevalence, outcomes, and efforts at intervention, Psychology, Health & Medicine, 22:sup1, 224-239,
Overview: School corporal punishment continues to be a legal means of disciplining children in a third of the world’s countries. Although much is known about parents’ use of corporal punishment, there is less research about school corporal punishment. This article summarizes what is known about the legality and prevalence of school corporal punishment, about the outcomes linked to it, and about interventions to reduce and eliminate school corporal punishment around the world.