Spare the rod and save the child: Assessing the impact of parenting on child behaviour and mental health
Parenting has a considerable impact on childrenâ€™s behaviour and mental health. Improving child health andÂ behaviour requires an understanding of the relationship between parenting practices; contexual factors such as
parental mental health, intimate partner violence, substance abuse and poverty; and childrenâ€™s behaviour. In thisÂ article the authors report the findings of a survey of parenting and child behaviour in a small rural South African
community. The findings show that corporal punishment, the stress of parenting and parental mental healthÂ are significantly associated with both childrenâ€™s internalising (depression and anxiety) and externalising (rulebreaking
and aggression) symptoms. Intimate partner violence in the home was also associated with childrenâ€™sÂ externalising symptoms. These findings imply that parent support and training, and an increase in servicesÂ to address intimate partner violence and mental health problems, should be prioritised as part of a national
violence reduction strategy.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
SACQ is licenced under a creative commons licence (CC BY) that allows others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long a they give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. They may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
Copyright for articles published is vested equally between the author/s, the Institute for Security Studies and the Centre of Criminology (UCT).