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Violence during Early Childhood and Child Development

Matias Berthelon, Dante Contreras, Diana Kruger () and María Isidora Palma ()
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Diana Kruger: Universidad Adolfo Ibañez
María Isidora Palma: Universidad de Chile

No 11984, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We study the effects of violence towards children on early childhood development. We contribute to the literature providing estimates of the effects of violence (verbal and/or physical) that control for child-mother unobserved characteristics. We find that violence has negative effects on verbal skills (Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test) and socio-emotional development (Child Behavior Check List). We also find that violence affects girls in their vocabulary development and increases behavioral problems of both boys and girls, with stronger effects among boys; that the negative effects diminish as children get older; and that they are more harmful among children with less educated mothers.

Keywords: cognitive and socio-emotional outcomes; violence toward children; spanking; corporal punishment; child development; Chile (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I31 J12 J13 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 55 pages
Date: 2018-11
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