chapter  2
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Putting the Conflict Tactics Scale in context in violence from parent to child

BySUSAN CREIGHTON, DEBORAH GHATE, NEAL HAZEL, JULIA FIELD, STEVEN FINCH

Introduction The national study of parents, children and discipline1 was the first study to include a national random probability survey to be conducted with British parents. While its initial focus was on violence by parents towards their children, the survey placed this in the wider context of the discipline that parents used with their children. The research team wanted to take advantage of a unique opportunity of interviewing a nationally representative sample of parents, to look at the factors that influence and surround a particular disciplinary strategy. Factors such as beliefs and attitudes towards discipline and punishment, parenting style and the parent-child relationship, the immediate and distal stresses affecting the family, and the child’s attributes, were all included.