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Child Abuse (cont.)

Differing Cultural Norms for Child Rearing

Various cultures have different cultural norms with respect to appropriate behavior toward children.

  • Some cultures are more "touchy" than others.
  • Some believe in physical discipline to an extreme.
  • There are cultures in which certain things that are done to children out of caring create the appearance of child abuse.
  • In some cultures, rituals are performed. These same rituals may be unacceptable in the country in which you live.

In general, the laws of the country in which you live are the laws that must be obeyed.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/17/2015

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