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“Child abuse” is overdramatic and it lumps the practice in with the most vicious, high-level malice.
“Corporal punishment,” as it’s known internationally, can feel too academic.)Many researchers tend to see corporal punishment and physical abuse as part of a continuum.
“If a kid is having a temper tantrum and throwing things, and then next time they have a tantrum but don’t throw anything, say ‘I’m really glad you didn't throw anything.’”The other evidence-based approach he recommends is taking something positive away.
He was influenced by one of the pivotal works in spank-theory discourse, a 2002 meta-analysis by Elizabeth Thompson Gershoff (who is now also at the University of Texas, a geographically unlikely hotbed of resistance to corporal punishment).
The ultimate target is violence of multiple sorts, including bullying, dating violence, peer violence, and group violence.