VTsIOM: 13% of parents consider corporal punishment an acceptable method of education

Moral teachings and instructions remain the main method of education, as 62 percent of their Russians were raised by their parents, three-quarters of modern parents also adhere to it (76 percent). This follows from the results surveypublished on the VTsIOM website.

The survey was conducted on July 23 using a telephone interview based on a stratified random sample drawn from a complete list of numbers in use in Russia. It was attended by 1,600 Russians aged 18 and over.

According to the results of the study, moralizing and admonition can be considered a universal approach to education; in childhood, Russians from different demographic groups encountered it, less often – residents of rural areas (53 percent) and older people (55 percent). Moral teachings lead the TOP-5 methods used by modern parents, formed according to the results of the survey, it is used by 76 percent of respondents.

In second place, having displaced the “punishment by the corner”, are now restrictive methods, that is, limiting the time of using gadgets, watching TV or walking – 31 percent of the parents surveyed use them. The ranking also included: cornering as punishment (19 percent), corporal punishment in the form of slaps, flicks or slaps (13 percent) and punishment with a belt (7 percent).

At the same time, as follows from the results of the survey, restrictive measures are most often used by parents of minors (47 percent), parents with higher education (40 percent) and a good financial situation (35 percent). The researchers explained the popularity of this method, including the availability of gadgets.

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At the same time, modern parents put their children in a corner 1.6 times less often compared to how they were brought up, follows from the results of the study. At the same time, the admissibility of this method was more often stated by respondents who do not have children. Corporal punishment is now used by parents 1.5 times less than how they were brought up, and punishment with a belt is three times less. Parents aged 18 to 24 who took part in the survey stated that they do not use such methods at all.

Another eight percent of respondents reported that they use deprivation of pocket money as a method of education. Overall, the study found that parenting patterns are becoming more humane, with most parents these days relying primarily on conversation.

Federation Council Chairman Valentina Matviyenko, in her congratulations on the occasion of the Day of Family, Love and Fidelity, said that strengthening family authority and raising a worthy young generation of citizens are among the important priorities of Russian family policy.


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