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.
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AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS| April 01 1998
Guidance for Effective Discipline
Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health
Pediatrics (1998) 101 (4): 723–728.
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Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health; Guidance for Effective Discipline. Pediatrics April 1998; 101 (4): 723–728. 10.1542/peds.101.4.723
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