Title Ending the Physical Punishment of Children
Subtitle A Guide for Clinicians and Practitioners
Author Elizabeth T. Gershoff, Shawna J. Lee
ISBN 9781433831140
List price USD 64.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 190
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher American Psychological Association (Eurospan Group)
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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Review of the Book:

“With the American Psychological Association’s and the American Academy of Pediatrics’s recommendation against parents spanking their children, clinicians are looking for effective alternatives. The techniques in this brilliant book provide the key.”

Gail S. Goodman, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis


Research shows that corporal punishment harms children and is ineffective at changing their behavior. In this volume, Elizabeth T. Gershoff and Shawna J. Lee present 15 effective interventions designed to prevent parents from physically punishing their children.

Each chapter author reviews a different intervention, summarizes its evidence base and generalizability across populations and contexts, and explains how to implement it in community and mental health settings. Some strategies explicitly discourage parents from using physical punishment, while others focus on teaching alternative ways to manage children’s behavior.

Gershoff and Lee show how the various interventions can be implemented in individual, family, or group therapy or used to educate the public in hospitals or other community settings. All of the strategies will help parents change their behavior in ways that promote their children’s healthy development.

Therapists, social workers, policy makers, and other community health and safety professionals will appreciate the various strategies presented in this book.



Introduction: The Rationale for Reducing Physical Punishment (Elizabeth T. Gershoff and
Shawna J. Lee)


Part I. Individual- and Family-Level Interventions

Chapter 1. Brief Online Education (George W. Holden and Alan S. Brown)

Chapter 2. Alternative Biblical Interpretations Intervention (Cindy Miller-Perrin and Robin Perrin)

Chapter 3. Baby Books (Stephanie M. Reich and Guadalupe Díaz)

Chapter 4. Motivational Interviewing (George W. Holden and Grant W. O. Holland)


Part II. Hospital- or Clinic-Based Interventions

Chapter 5. Play Nicely (Seth Scholer)

Chapter 6. Safe Environment for Every Kid (SEEK) (Howard Dubowitz)

Chapter 7. The Video Interaction Project (VIP) (Caitlin Canfield, Erin Roby, and Alan Mendelsohn)

Chapter 8. An Educational Intervention for Health Care Providers (Gail Hornor, Saribel Garcia Quinones, Deborah Bretl, Ellen Chiocca, Carrie Donnell, Katharine Doughty, Bridget Marshall, and Kristen Morris)


Part III. Group-Based Interventions

Chapter 10. Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting (PDEP) (Joan E. Durrant)

Chapter 11. The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program (Michele Knox and Morgan Dynes)

Chapter 12. The Chicago Parent Program (Susan M. Breitenstein, Deborah Gross, and Amie F. Bettencourt)

Chapter 13. The Moms’ Empowerment Program (Andrew Grogan-Kaylor, Kathryn H. Howell,
Maria M. Galano, and Sandra A. Graham-Bermann)


Part IV. Multilevel or Universal Interventions

Chapter 14. Triple P — Positive Parenting Program (Ronald J. Prinz)

Chapter 15. No Hit Zones (Elizabeth T. Gershoff)

Chapter 16. Legal Prohibitions of Physical Punishment (Elizabeth T. Gershoff and Joan E. Durrant)


Afterword: Common Themes and Next Steps (Elizabeth T. Gershoff and Shawna J. Lee)

About the Editors

About the Editors:

Elizabeth T. Gershoff, PhD, is a professor of human development and family sciences and is associate director for faculty development at the Population Research Center, both at the University of Texas at Austin. She has published extensively on the topic of physical punishment and is an internationally recognized expert on the effects that physical punishment by parents or by school personnel has on children.

Shawna J. Lee, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Lee has published numerous articles and book chapters on early parent–child relationships, physical discipline of children, and child maltreatment prevention. She was lead author of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children statement against the use of physical punishment.

Target Audience:

This book is useful for therapists, social workers, policy makers, clinicians and other community health and safety professionals who are interested in effective interventions to reduce and prevent physical punishment of children at the individual, group, or even societal level.


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