Abuse or Punishment?. Violence toward Children in Quebec by Marie-Aimée Cliche, W. Donald Wilson

By Marie-Aimée Cliche, W. Donald Wilson

At one time, using corporal punishment by way of mom and dad in child-rearing used to be thought of basic, yet within the moment half the 19th century this start to switch, in Quebec in addition to the remainder of the Western international. It was once in this interval that the level of ill-treatment inflicted on children—treatment as soon as excused pretty much as good child-rearing practice—was discovered.

This ebook analyzes either the recommendation supplied to oldsters and the various types of baby abuse inside of households. Cliche derives her details from kinfolk magazines, stories and recommendation columns in newspapers, people's existence tales, the files of the Montreal Juvenile court docket, or even comedian strips. dates are given specific concentration: 1920, with the trial of the oldsters of Aurore Gagnon, which sensitized the general public to the phenomenon of "child martyrs;" and 1940, with the appearance of the recent schooling circulate, which was once in response to psychology instead of strict self-discipline and non secular doctrine.

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13 For the same reason, some people condemned the practice of shutting children up in dark rooms. From the middle of the nineteenth century, Charlotte Brontë and Victor Hugo had described the fear that the dark can cause in children. The English novelist told how, after being shut up inside a room where she imagined seeing a ghost, a little girl suffered a nervous shock, the repercussions of which remained with her into adulthood. The person responsible was an aunt who merely thought that she was eradicating the child’s bad tendencies.

Furthermore, the 1960s correspond to a turning point in the history of violence toward children in North America. 15 This discovery led to the requirement that doctors report such cases to the police, while at the same time it made the general public aware of the extent of child abuse within families. The present study will deal only with Quebec, but we will make use of the work of our English-Canadian colleagues in order to make comparisons with the situation in other provinces. We will also restrict ourselves to the violence suffered by children within the family, and not in educational institutions.

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