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Establishing Laws and Policies on Parent to Child Violence in Finland 1965-1983

Kotanen, R. ORCID: 0000-0003-0062-1192 (2018). Establishing Laws and Policies on Parent to Child Violence in Finland 1965-1983. Children & Society, 32(2), pp. 110-120. doi: 10.1111/chso.12234

Abstract

This study explores perceptions of parent to child violence, the arguments for imposing legal regulation, and the intended objectives of the legislative process that led to a ban in Finland in 1983. This qualitative policy analysis examines policy documents alongside expert interviews with professional on the legislative process. The example of Finland shows that a significant change in attitudes and decreased levels of violence towards children can be achieved without the threat of legal punishment, even without specific intervention policies. However, the study emphasises the importance of establishing clear practices alongside altering legislation which has been inadequate in Finland.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Kotanen, R. (2018), Establishing Laws and Policies on Parent to Child Violence in Finland 1965–1983. Child Soc, 32: 110-120., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12234. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Publisher Keywords: legal regulation, legislation, parent to child violence, physical punishment problem, representation
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DL Northern Europe. Scandinavia
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
K Law
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2020 12:25
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/25022
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