Physical punishment and signs of mental distress in normal adolescents

Eytan Bachar*, Laura Canetti, Omer Bonne, Atara Kaplan DeNour, Arieh Y. Shalev

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Adolescents (375 males and 496 females) were administered the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI), the General Well-Being Scale (GWB), the Parental Bonding Instrument (PBI), and two questions about each parent, supplementing the PBI, tapping violent punitive behavior. Signs of mental distress in adolescents and reported physical punishment from parents were analyzed. Results indicated that greater physical punishment was associated with higher levels of psychiatric symptoms and lower general well-being. These results persisted after controlling for parental attitudes, as quantified by the PBI, and socioeconomic status. The findings of this study can contribute to efforts to raise public awareness of the negative consequences of physical punishment on the mental health of children.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)944-958
Number of pages15
Issue number128
StatePublished - Dec 1997


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