Guidance for effective discipline

M. L. Wolraich, J. Aceves, H. M. Feldman, Jr Hagan, B. J. Howard, A. J. Richtsmeier, D. Tolchin, H. C. Tolmas, F. D. Armstrong, D. R. DeMaso, W. J. Mahoney, P. Gilbertson, G. J. Cohen

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When advising families about discipline strategies, pediatricians should use a comprehensive approach that includes consideration of the parent-child relationship, reinforcement of desired behaviors, and consequences for negative behaviors. Corporal punishment is of limited effectiveness and has potentially deleterious side effects. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents be encouraged and assisted in the development of methods other than spanking for managing undesired behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)723-728
Number of pages6
Issue number4 I
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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