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Child Spanking 1 Running Head: CHILD SPANKING A Survey of the Attitudes Toward the Tradition of Child Spanking at Home Student Name College Name DATE
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Child Spanking 2 Abstract This paper explores four published articles that report on results from research conducted on online (Internet) and offline (non-Internet) relationships and their relationship to computer-mediated communication (CMC). The articles, however, vary in their definitions and uses of CMC. Butler and Kraut (2002) suggest that face-to-face (FtF) interactions are more effective than CMC, defined and used as “email,” in creating feelings of closeness or intimacy. Other articles define CMC differently and, therefore, offer different results. This paper examines Cummings, Butler, and Kraut’s (2002) research in relation to three other research articles to suggest that all forms of CMC should be studied in order to fully understand how CMC influences online and offline relationships. Keywords: computer-mediated communication, face-to-face communication
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Child Spanking 3 INTRODUCTION Child spanking as a form of discipline at home is a prevalent traditional practice in American society. Despite the many reasons that corporal punishment is not effective and prone to failure (American Academy of Pediatrics, 1998; Zimbardo et al., 2006, p. 25), and research has also shown that physical punishment can have adverse effects on children (Gershoff, 2002), many American parents today still endorse such practice in their homes. The ABC News Poll (Crandall, 2002) revealed that sixty-five percent of American parents accept the practice of child spanking. Interestingly, this figure is the same as the findings from the Gallup Poll two decades ago (Gallup et. al., 1997). Therefore, the tradition of child spanking has defied the many years of efforts of psychologists and pediatricians to promote alternative forms of discipline techniques in American society (American Academy of Pediatrics, 1998; Regalado, 2004; Zimbardo et al., 2006). But why do parents continue to discipline their children by spanking generations after generations? Are other factors such as religious teachings, for example, teachings from Christian bible, and culture exerting a stronger influence on parental attitudes towards child spanking than psychological theories and research findings? Many of the full-time students of Wharton County Junior College (WCJC) are born in the 80’s. These students are a part of the generation, commonly known as “Generation Y”, and have grown up with easy access to the Internet and many other communication technologies. As these students have high exposure to media and
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