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Does beating a child help with a child's behaviour?

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Started: 2/16/2014 Category: Health
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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In a new article, "Spanking and Child Development: We Know Enough Now to Stop Hitting Our Children," Elizabeth Gershoff reviews recent research on spanking.

Spanking is defined by Gershoff as "hitting a child on the bottom with an open hand" (p. 133).

Parents use spanking generally in order to reduce undesirable behavior and increase desirable behavior but because it is targeted toward an undesirable behavior can only possibly meet the first parenting goal. But does it work?

Researchers have looked at effects on three undesirable behaviors in children who are spanked: non-compliance in the short term, non-compliance in the long term, and aggression. This area is hard to study in the home because spanking rarely occurs at all nor in front of strangers. It is hard to study in the laboratory because of the prohibition against hurting subject


Dr.Intelligent has stated several facts about the spanking of a child, all of those being good, valid points. However, I would like to point out that this debate is on whether or not the beating of a child aids behavior, not spanking. The beating of a child is defined by Google as "a punishment or assault in which the victim is hit repeatedly." I believe that this would not inspire better behavior, but rather a fear relationship that could lead to spite and hatred from the child back to the adult. This is most certainly not better in the long term, although it could be better in the short term. Psychological damage could also arise from this, as the sufferer would learn that failure should be punished with violence, rising to large amounts of stress to succeed.
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Posted by sheila49 3 years ago
I'm for corporal punishment back in my day you knew to mind and not disrespect people so yes spank them no one has a rite to tell you how to raise your child you brought in world and no i dont have kids at home my son is grown
Posted by the_streetsurfer 3 years ago
Way back when, kids used to be beaten to a pulp by their parents. However, they deeply respected their parents and turned out to be great people. Today, kids barely get yelled at and they have zero respect for their parents and generally aren't as great as older generations.

Do the math.
Posted by 3 years ago
Im close to accepting this challenge. Are you for beating to increase desirable behaviour? Im new to the site and don't quite understand the view your taking?
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