A recent study published in Pediatrics links spanking with mental illness in adults. The study suggests that 2% to 7% of mental disorders are linked to physical punishment. Out of 35,000 survey participants, 1,300 reported that they had endured grabbing, pushing, hitting and slapping. Physical punishment has been abolished in 30 nations but not in the United States and Canada.
I share the thoughts of physchologist Robert Larzelere who thinks that spanking for younger kids if used in an appropriate manner doesn't have a detrimental effect. According to USAToday.com, a review that Larzelere co-authored, states that when spanking was used as a backup to nonphysical discipline it was better at reducing noncompliance and antisocial behavior.
I personally believe in spanking. Yes, I said it, now I will wait for DCFS to show up at my home. There is a big difference between spanking and beating. I define spanking as a hit on the hand or on the bottom with your hand. Spankings are for young children. As children get older, you need to take away things of value as a punishment. As children get older you would need to hit harder to have the same effect that you had when they were younger and that crosses into abuse territory and I don't condone that.
Thirty nations have banned physical punishment, we have not and we have serious discipline and behavior issues. I think that the French may be on to something. According to Mom365, the French believe that Americans coddle their children too much. An American mother living in France wrote a book titled "Bringing Up Be`Be`". The book compares the attitudes of French parents and American parents regarding how they feel about parenting. The French seem to make their children adapt to the adults' lives. Americans tend to change their lives to suit the children. The French don't give in to instant gratification. They make their children wait and learn patience at an early age. Maybe we are raising a bunch of whinners and that's why they act out and need to be spanked.
As far as this study goes, I think that if you regularly and severely beat a child, it can have lasting effects on a child. I also think that there are too many people in this country that are having children who are not prepared for parenthood and that results in children being abused. I wished that they had published the demographics of the parents of the people who participated in this study.
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