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Cassie Sutton 1 ENG205 Position Paper 4/1/2008 To Spank or Not to Spank: That is The Question Something that every parent has to deal with is the issue of discipline, whether they want to or not. The question comes when parents wonder how they can most effectively discipline their children, while maintaining a loving attitude. In the United States, 74% of parents with children 17 years of age or younger use spanking as a disciplinary technique (Kazdin & Benjet 2003). Even with this prevalence, researchers have found that corporal punishment or spanking may not be the most effective choice for discipline. However, some people believe that corporal punishment is necessary, and some even believe it is the only effective way. Others believe that alternative methods, such as time-out or positive reinforcement, are more effective and could be less harmful to children. It has been found through research that tune-out is a more practical means of discipline, and therefore, spanking should not be necessary at all. WHAT IS CORPORAL PUNISHMENT? There are varied ideas of what spanking actually is. For the purpose of my argument, spanking will be defined as hitting a child with an open hand on the buttocks or extremities with the intent to discipline without leaving a bruise or causing physical harm (Kazdin & Benjet 2003). Corporal punishment is defined as a legally permissible violent act carried out as part of the parenting role (Whipple and Richey 1997). Physical abuse is usually defined as corporal punishment that is harsh or excessive to the child. Also, the use of objects such as paddles or belts is considered physical abuse. Physical abuse often occurs within the context of a physical discipline episode, (Whipple & Richey 1997) so it is important to be clear of what crosses the line into physical abuse under the standards in America. VIEWS ON CORPORAL PUNISHMENT
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Cassie Sutton 2 ENG205 Position Paper 4/1/2008 Kazdin and Benjet (2003) say that the views on corporal punishment can be categorized into three views. The first view is the pro-corporal punishment view. This view is led by Proverbs 13:24 in the bible, which says, "spare the rod and spoil the child." People who have this view believe that desirable things come out of spanking such as respect for authority, good behavior, and socialization. They believe that responsible parenting includes spanking. The second view is the anti-corporal punishment view. People who have this view generally believe that spanking is likely to have short and long term negative effects on the child. Also, the < ^ morality of inflicting pain is a big reason for this view. The third view is the
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