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A joint study by Singapore Children’s Society and Yale-NUS College found that many local parents use physical and psychological discipline on their children, despite knowing that physical discipline is ineffective. The research is the first of its kind to investigate locally, parents’ attitudes and behaviours towards disciplining their children.
In an interview with 8 World, Ms Lin Xiao Ling, Director, Research and Advocacy, shared the stresses and challenges faced by parents when disciplining children, as well as strategies they could adopt without having to resort to physical discipline. She explained that young adults who experienced physical discipline as a child were more likely to have strained relationships with their parents. They also suffer from weaker emotion control, with reduced self-esteem and weak self-confidence.
Comments from the general public showed that while parents use a mix of discipline methods with their children, they will still attempt to reason and explain to them.
As part of our advocacy efforts, Children’s Society will embark on a series of public education initiatives to raise awareness on the woes of physical discipline and educate parents on positive discipline strategies.
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