Author(s): Prof. Dr. Asude BLGN, Yrd. DoÃ§. Dr. HÃ¼lya KARTAL
The word discipline is synonymous with an orderly life and it helps children to spend their life as happy and safe. The root of the word comes from “disciplinaire” that means to teach or instruct. Discipline is about teaching children appropriate behavior and helping them become independent and responsible, empathic, self efficient and self controlled people. “Discipline” and “punishment” are generally perceived as the same things. In fact discipline covers all the methods which help to behavior change. It was intended to investigate the frequency of discipline techniques of parents which don’t include violence. The study was realized with 151 students 1.2.and 3.grade of an elementary school at Bursa. Picture-Card Version of The ParentChild Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS 33) that was created by Mebert and Straus (2002) was used in the study. The data was analyzed by means of frequency, percentile and chi square calculations. Reading to children before going to bed was not found to be an uncommon discipline technique (around 10% ) . When the children do something wrong 49% of the girls said that their mothers explain “frequently” why it is wrong, but 4o.7% of boys declared that their mothers “never” use this technique. Most of the students (averagely 80%) reported that their mothers and fathers send them to a room “sometimes”. It is very important to explain to the parents the alternative discipline techniques. Parent education programs generally implicit that corporal punishment is the most effective discipline technique so parents need to be persuaded for alternative techniques.