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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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OLIVEIRA, Thaís Thomé Seni S. e  and  CALDANA, Regina Helena Lima. Educar é punir?: Concepções e práticas educativas de pais agressores.Is educate punishing?: Parents` childrearing practices and conceptions. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2009, vol.9, n.3, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1808-4281.

Domestic violence is a known public health problem. This research intends to investigate conceptions and childrearing practices of parents that use physical violence against their children. Interviews with three mothers and three fathers from different families were made. Qualitative methodology was used, through semi-structured interview called “Thematic Life History”, where participants expose their personal history since childhood, followed by a previously defined list of topics. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and qualitatively analyzed. Data analysis revealed that parent’s conceptions are not corresponding to their every day actions with their children; the difficulty of parents at using non-violent chidrearing practices and a cultural naturalization of physical punishment to establish limits. It also points out parents` low social and economical support as a risk factor, as well as the necessity of changes in intervention programs to offer  possibilities of joining parents conceptions and practices, aiming the improvement of child`s positive global development.

Keywords : Physical domestic violence; childrearing practices; family intervention programs.

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