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Southern Methodist University

SMU Study of Corporal Punishment

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Caption: Dr. George W. Holden, a psychologist and parenting expert at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, discusses a new corporal punishment study based on actual audio recordings. Believed to be the first study of its kind, 37 mothers voluntarily recorded up to 36 hours of interactions with their children, says Holden. Within the audio, the data captured discipline in which mothers spanked, slapped or hit their young children, which then sparked crying, tantrums and whimpering. The audio reveals the moments before, during and after punishment, which ranged from spanking with a belt to admonishments while hitting.

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