Spanking: A Form Of Physical And Corporal Punishment

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Spanking is the topic of choice for this paper. Spanking is a form of physical or corporal punishment. According to Straus and Donnelly (1993), physical or corporal punishment is defined as the use of physical force toward a child that causes the child to experience pain, but not injury, for the purpose of correction or control of behavior. Attitudes about spanking is measured in the GSS codebook as a question. The question asks if the participant strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree that it is sometimes necessary to discipline a child with a good, hard spanking. The behavior of spanking is a sociological topic. Spanking falls under the macrosociology level of analyses. Macrosociology analyses involve large groups like institutions. …show more content…
Research on spanking attitudes has included location, race, age, religious and income as variables. Zolotor et al. (2011) used cross sectional data from four studies to look at the rate of corporal punishment by parents. The Carolina Survey of Abuse in the Family Environment was an anonymous survey administered via telephone to 1,435 mothers in 2002 to measure their parenting behaviors. The 1995 Gallup Poll was administered to 1,000 parents to measure by random assignment via telephone to measure discipline. In 1975 data form the National Family Violence Survey was collected in person via interview. In 1985 the National Family Violence Survey was collected via telephone. This study found from 1975 to 2002 a decline in spanking and slapping of a child. There was little change in rates for children under the age of six since 1975. In the late 1980s there was a 35 % decline of parents hitting their children with an object. In 1995, 28 % of parents agreed with using an object to inflict pain on the buttocks or elsewhere on the body. In 2002 34% of parents in the Carolinas agreed with using an object to inflict pain on the buttocks or elsewhere on the body. Hitting a child with an object is more common over the age of eight. An overall reduction in the rate of physical abuse was …show more content…
The General Social Survey included data from 978 respondents. 79.6% of respondents agreed that spanking is a necessary form of a discipline. 86.1% southern people support corporal punishment received most approval in the south and the least approval in the northeast. In the south sex, race, education, and number of children was not related to attitudes about spanking. Rural native was found to increase favorable attitudes toward corporal punishment. Blacks agreed with spanking more often than Whites. Spanking Whites in the northeast favored corporal punishment less. People in the northeast provided the lowest approval of violence when compared to other regions. In the northeast income was found to be related to favoring spanking, but not in the Midwest. Southern males have the most favorable attitudes toward

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