Spanking Paper

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Spanking

Does Spanking Lead Child Abuse?
Were you spanked as a child? Do you think spanking effected you? Every parent has been in
a situation where a good spanking seems like the only way to put an end to little Junior's
temper tantrum. Parents use a number to reasons, some you may have heard, to use spanking
as a form of discipline. They may say "Spare the rod and spoil the child." Or "I was
spanked and I turned out okey." Even "Kids need spanking to show them who's boss."

The issue I wish to present is whether or not spanking leads to a rise in child abuse and
later violence. Do children who are spanked or physically punished see spanking as a
violent act? Do they learn to see violence as an acceptable way to solve a problem? When
parents spank their children are they guiding them or controlling them?

Nancy Samalin, author of Love and Anger, believes that spanking is nothing more than a big
person hitting a smaller person and it can do damage to your child's conscious. "A child
who obeys because of the fear of being spanked," she explains "is most likely not to
develop a sense of right or wrong without being policed by a more powerful authority
figure." (Samalin, p. 154). She believes that spanking the child you have not set an
example that you want your child to follow in the future. New studies have shown that
children who are abused by their parents physically, emotionally, or sexually grow up and
become abusive parents themselves. Further studies have shown that children who are
physically punished lack empathy and concern that helps them care for others.

A public opinion poll conducted by the National Committee for the Prevention of Child
Abuse in 1994 asked parents how they disciplined their children in the previous year.
Denying privileges was used by 79 percent of the parents; confinement to a room was used
by 59 percent; 49 percent spanked or hit their children; and 45 percent insulted or swore
at their children. What was amazing about these statistics was that 51 percent did not
spank their children. Now consider the rise in child abuse cases that has caused
public-health officials scrambling for an explanation blaming spanking made sense. Trouble
is, while spanking is down, child abuse is still up. Joan McCord, author of "Questioning
the Value of Punishment," believes that punishment in general is the reason for the
increase in child abuse and violence. She found that neglected, abused, rejected, as well
as those physically punished tend to become antisocial. Many childhood development experts
suggest that reasoning, talking, and listening to children work well in teaching what is
right and wrong.

According to University of New Hampshire sociologist Murray Straus "when parents use
corporal punishment to reduce [antisocial behavior], the long-term effect tends to be
opposite." (Time, p 65). He also suggests that sparing the rod will help reduce overall
levels of violence in America. Stratus found that children whose parents spanked them,
when compared to those not spanked, were more aggressive, had higher rates of juvenile
delinquency, had higher rates of spousal abuse, had lower economic achievement, and showed
higher drug and alcohol abuse rates. "By spanking," he claims, "parents model the norm of
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