Power-assertion refers to a form of discipline in which an adult relies on his or her superior power, as in administering spankings or withholding privileges, the objective of which is to modify or control a child’s behavior. 

Power assertion refers to the use of physical punishment or coercion to enforce child discipline; a form of discipline in which an adult relies on his or her superior power, examples are administering spankings or withholding privileges to modify or control a child’s behavior. Power assertion is likewise a discipline technique involving physical force, harsh language, or control of resources.

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