FSD2766 Attitudes towards Corporal Punishment of Children in Finland 2007

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child abuse, child protection, child safety, children, corporal punishment, domestic violence, parent attitude, parental role, parents

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The dataset continues the Central Union for Child Welfare study that investigates the use of corporal punishment in upbringing and attitudes towards it in Finland. Face-to-face interviews were carried out in September 2007 as part of an Omnibus study monthly conducted by Taloustutkimus.

The respondents were asked whether they thought corporal punishment was acceptable, at least in exceptional circumstances. Those who did not have children were asked whether they thought they would use corporal punishment in raising their own children. Those who had children under 18 in the household were asked whether they had used different forms of corporal punishment (pulling hair, slapping, pinching etc.) The respondents' views on actions that count as corporal punishment or assault or neither were investigated. Other questions focused on whether the respondents had been physically punished by their parents as children, how the respondents would act if they noticed someone in their social network using corporal punishment against children, whether they had noticed any news or campaigns about corporal punishment of children in the media during the previous month and which media they had noticed them in. The respondents were asked whether the campaign they had noticed had sparked any discussion among their social network. The final question probed opinions on the justification of using "moderate" violence to solve conflicts between children and parents.

Background variables included, among others, the respondent's gender, age, municipality of residence, employment status, marital status, household composition, level of education, consumer durables in the household, number of inhabitants in the municipality of residence, municipality type, and number and ages of children living in the household.

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