This study explored the relationship between major disciplinary styles and crossgenerational physical and emotional abuse. Seven hypotheses relating to disciplinary styles and cross-generational physical and emotional abuse were addressed in this study. It was also expected that there would be a high report of childhood abuse among the adult perpetrators. Two samples were used in this study. One sample of eleven adolescents in a psychiatric hospital and another of eight incarcerated adults serving sentences for violent crimes in a state correctional facility. Data was collected using two self-report measures designed by the investigator. Point-biserial correlations were used to analyze the data and results indicated that there were no statistically significant correlations between childhood abuse and adult violence, or between perceived disciplinary styles in the home and a high frequency of physical and/or emotional abuse. Explanations for these results are discussed.
Chalker, Kirstin L., "The Relationship Between Major Disciplinary Styles and Cross-Generational Physical and Emotional Abuse: A Study of Residential Treatment Children and Incarcerated Adult Perpetrators" (1994). Senior Research Projects. 124.