Prevalence/attitudinal research

Research into the prevalence of corporal punishment of children and into societies' attitudes towards it can be useful in supporting rights-based measures aimed at prohibiting and eliminating all violent punishment in childrearing and education. It makes the issue visible, challenging claims by some governments that it is not a problem, and it provides a benchmark for measuring the success of efforts to implement prohibiting legislation and eliminate corporal punishment in practice. When the research directly involves children, it helps to give them a voice, exposing what happens to them in schools and in the privacy of their own homes.

Prevalence/attitudinal research published in the last ten years is summarised for each country in the lists below.

East and Southern Africa


East Asia and Pacific

Middle East and North Africa

Latin America

South Asia

West and Central Africa

North America

Europe and Central Asia

Territories etc


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