Year Published: 2014

Authors: Carol Bower and Andrew Dawes

Publisher: Children's Institute, University of Cape Town

Suggested Citation: Bower C & Dawes A (2014) Young children: preventing physical abuse and corporal punishment. In: Mathews S, Jamieson L, Lake L & Smith C (eds) South African Child Gauge 2014. Cape Town: Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town.


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The essay addresses the following questions: What is the prevalence of physical punishment and abuse in young children? What are the risk factors? Why is it important to intervene in the early years? What are effective points for intervention and what are the recommendations?