Coercion and Punishment in Long-Term Perspectives

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Drawing upon rich, longitudinal data, the contributors to this volume examine the benefits and costs of coercion and punishment, considering such issues as mental health, antisocial and criminal behavior, substance abuse, and issues related to measurement and prediction. They look at coercion among peers, aggressive behavior in boys and girls, different parenting styles and effects of home context. The volume draws together evidence about coercion and punishment that have appeared in disparate literatures, and it raises questions about easy assumptions regarding them.
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"McCord has compiled a collection of 20 chpaters written by highly respected researchers from the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and northern Europe...McCord provides a comprehensive overview of the study of coercion. Each chapter describes a clearly presented empirical study...this book could be used in an upper-division undergraduate or graduate course, either in its entirety, or as individual chapters." Lorinda B. Camparo, Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography

"This book is a must for graduate students and professors engaged in research on the correlates of coercion and punishment. It reports findings that are more detailed and with more rough edges than those typically permitted in professional journals, but for this very reason they are particularly valuable. The methodological rigor, the variety of disciplines represented, the originality of the research, and the importance of the findings, are among the many reasons why this book is a valuable addition to the field." Child Development Abstracts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521450690
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2014
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 Introduction: coercion and punishment in the fabric of social relations 1
2 Relationships as context: supportive and coercive interactions in competent, aggressive, and anxious mother-child dyads 9
3 Parental hostility, childhood behavior, and adult social functioning 34
4 Corporal punishment of children and adult depression and suicidal ideation 59
5 Coercion as a basis for early age of onset for arrest 81
6 Disentangling mother-child effects in the development of antisocial behavior 106
7 Family and child factors in stability and change in children's aggressiveness in elementary school 124
8 Kindergarten behavioral patterns, parental practices, and early adolescent antisocial behavior 139
9 The reciprocal influence of punishment and child behavior disorder 154
10 The development of coercive family processes: the interaction between aversive toddler behavior and parenting factors 165
11 The impact of peer relationships on aggression in childhood: inhibition through coercion or promotion through peer support 183
12 Classroom seating and juvenile delinquency 198
13 Social skills training and aggression in the peer group 213
14 Early adolescent social influences on delinquent behavior 229
15 The long-term effect of punitive discipline 247
16 Parental monitoring and peer influences on adolescent substance use 259
17 The relative importance of internal and external direct constraints in the explanation of late adolescent delinquency and adult criminality 272
18 Negative social sanctions and deviant behavior: a conditional relationship 289
19 Corporal punishment in everyday life: an intergenerational perspective 315
20 Coercive family process and delinquency: some methodological considerations 348
21 Sex roles as coercion 362
Name index 377
Subject index 389
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