Is religiosity associated with corporal punishment or child abuse?

South Med J. 2008 Jul;101(7):707-10. doi: 10.1097/SMJ.0b013e3181794793.


There is limited empiric literature available regarding religion and corporal punishment and physical child abuse. The available empiric literature deals primarily with Christian denominations. Conservative Protestants, particularly those who believe in Biblical literalism or inerrancy, spank and/or physically abuse their children more than other Christian denominations. However, church attendance and religiosity do appear to protect against family violence.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Abuse*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Christianity*
  • Humans
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Religion*
  • United States