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Limitedly experienced young adults use of corporal punishment (CP), any physical force intended to cause pain used to discipline, on children of specific age groups, 0-4, 5-8, and 9-14, in hypothetical scenarios was considered to understand the extent of learned patterns of punishments from parent to child. The first hypothesis was that the 0-4 age group would have a higher projected use of CP than the 5-8. Second, the 0-4 age group would also have a higher projected use of corporal punishment than the 9-1 7 age groups. A survey with open-ended questions about how the participant thought he/she would punish children of specific ages was used. Twenty-seven participants participated in the study. All were Westminster College students between 18-22 years old. Nineteen were female and 8 were male. One hypothesis was supported in that the results displayed that the 0-4 age group did have a higher projected use than the 9-17 age group. The other failed in that the 0-4 and 5-8 age groups were not significantly different. This implies a deep learning of patterns of CP from parents in regards to age because of its close results to social norms.

Corporal punishment (CP), '"the use of physical force with the intention of causing a child to experience pain, but not injury, for the purpose of correction or control of the child's behavior' (Straus, 1994a)" (Cited in Straus & Stewart, 1999, p. 57), has been used by parents to discipline their children in many cultures and for thousands of years. Despite its prevalence, CP, along with all other forms of punishment, had not been researched in depth until the 1940s (Parke, 2002, A historical note section, ,-1).

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