Building a Safe and Healthy America: Eliminating Corporal Punishment via Positive Parenting

Gail Hornor, Saribel Garcia Quinones, Danielle Boudreaux, Deborah Bretl, Evelyn Chapman, Ellen M. Chiocca, Carrie Donnell, Pamela Herendeen, Donna Kahn, Julie Loyke, Kristen A. Morris, Barbara Mulvaney, Diane H. Perks, Amy Terreros, Brigit VanGraafeiland

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Abstract corporal punishment (CP) is associated with negative short-term and long-term children outcomes. However, many caregivers continue to administer spankings and other forms of CP. Pediatric nurse practitioners are in a unique position to affect change in parental behavior related to CP use and other parenting practices. This article will summarize the research on the dangers of CP and the corresponding benefits of positive parenting. It defines positive parenting and offers resources pediatric health care providers, including pediatric nurse practitioners, can use to educate both themselves and caregivers about specific discipline techniques appropriate to each developmental stage. Finally, it suggests practice strategies pediatric nurse practitioners can use to help caregivers replace CP and other harsh parenting practices with positive parenting to build a safe and healthy America.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-144
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • Corporal punishment
  • discipline
  • positive parenting
  • Parenting
  • United States
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Punishment/psychology
  • Child Abuse/prevention & control
  • Child Health
  • Education, Nonprofessional/methods
  • Child

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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