Physical Punishment in Singapore: Prevalence and Contextual Factors Related to its Use from Parents’ and Young Adults’ Perspectives

Date: July 3, 2023 (Mon)

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Venue: Room 206, 2/F, Runme Shaw Building, HKU

Speaker: Dr Cheung Hoi Shan, Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Chair: Dr Tan Cheng Yong, Associate Professor, SCAPE

Despite growing evidence on the possible detrimental effects of physical punishment, it remains a common discipline strategy among parents in Asia, though few studies have examined this from a cultural perspective. In this seminar, we report the findings of two mixed-methods studies involving Singapore parents and young adults who have received physical punishment during childhood. These studies demonstrate the intergenerational transmission of harsh discipline, and its potential long-lasting impact on adjustment and well-being even within an Asian context.


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