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Child Disciplinary Practices at Home

This report analyses findings on child discipline from 35 MICS and DHS surveys conducted in low- and middle-income countries in 2005 and 2006.

01 January 2010

Child discipline is an integral part of child rearing in all cultures. It teaches children self-control and acceptable behaviour. Although the need for child discipline is broadly recognized, there is considerable debate regarding violent physical and psychological disciplinary practices. Research has found that these have negative impacts on children’s mental and social development. Violent discipline is also a violation of a child’s right to protection from all forms of violence while in the care of their parents or other caregivers, as set forth in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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