Date of Award

Spring 2005

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Karen A. Polonko

Committee Member

Lucien X. Lombardo

Committee Member

Randy Gainey

Committee Member

James Nolan

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 H34 2005


This study explored the relationship between corporal punishment and teen pregnancy among women participating in the 2000 survey round of the NLSY Child and Young Adult Surveys. Zero order correlations were used to examine the bivariate relationship between the corporal punishment and teen pregnancy. OLS regression was used to determine if a direct relationship exists between corporal punishment and teen pregnancy after controlling for a host of variables. It was hypothesized that the more frequently a respondent received corporal punishment, the more likely she was to have reported a pregnancy during adolescence, and that this relationship would manifest itself primarily through academic achievement. The hypothesis was confirmed. Bivariate analysis demonstrated a relationship between corporal punishment and teen pregnancy. Corporal punishment was no longer significant in the multivariate analysis controlling for academic achievement, suggesting that corporal punishment effects teen pregnancy through academic achievement.


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