Perceived parental acceptance−rejection mediates or moderates the relation between corporal punishment and psychological adjustment: Comment on Gershoff et al. (2018).

Researchers and policymakers are engaged in an ongoing debate over the use of corporal punishment and how it potentially leads to short-term and long-term negative developmental consequences for children. In this comment on Gershoff et al. (2018), the authors provide evidence that children’s perceptions of parental acceptance−rejection often partially–or even fully–mediate or moderate the reported effects of corporal punishment. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)