Vol. 16 No. 1 (2020): n°1 gennaio-giugno 2020
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Historical legacies and use of corporal punishment of children in the home, in Italy

Stefania Carioli
Università di Firenze
Published June 20, 2020
Keywords
  • corporal punishment,
  • history of Italian family education,
  • Ius Corrigendi,
  • his- tory of childhood
How to Cite
Carioli, S. (2020). Historical legacies and use of corporal punishment of children in the home, in Italy. Rivista Italiana Di Educazione Familiare, 16(1), 25-42. https://doi.org/10.13128/rief-7853

Abstract

The paper focuses on corporal punishment of children in the home in Italy, adopting a historical, legal, and comparative perspective. Despite international legislation protect- ing children by excluding any form of corporal punishment, in Italy, the law confirms right of parents to correction. With empirical evidence in mind, which suggests that country legislation is one element that affects indirectly parental behaviors, and that legislation an heritage of a country’s history, a historical-critical and comparative analysis becomes central, in order to effectively understand corporal punishment, which con- tinue to be perpetrated to harm of children.

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