Discipline and Spanking Children Persuasive Essay by joeschmoe

Discipline and Spanking Children
This paper argues against the use of physical punishment in the discipline of a child.
# 103576 | 1,153 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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The writer contends that corporal punishment is a technique of disciplining a child that is ineffective, unjust and immoral. The writer discusses the harm it does to children and the laws and restrictions set in place against it. The writer concludes with alternative discipline methods.

Laws Against Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Ineffectiveness of Corporal Punishment
Corporal Punishment and Abuse
Damage Done to Children

From the Paper:

"A new study of more than 2,000 parents in the journal Clinical Pediatrics found fewer than 9 percent of parents explicitly admit to spanking their kids ages 2 to 11. At the same time, 40% say they were spanked as a child and use the same discipline methods as their parents. Are parents just uncomfortable admitting they spank their children, or are they really spanking them less than their parents spanked them? Dr. Robert Murray, who studied the issue of corporal punishment in schools for the American Academy of Pediatrics says both are true, and the stigma surrounding spanking is a good thing. "When there was a social norm of spanking, it shielded abuse," he says. "Maybe if parents are scared to admit to spanking, they'll think twice about actually doing it.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brainard, Dulcy. "The Case Against Spanking: How To Discipline Your Child Without Hitting. "
  • Brodie, Kay L. "The Case Against Spanking: How to Discipline Your Child Without Hitting / Lots of Love and a Spanking!: A Common Sense Discipline Plan for Children from Birth to Age Twelve--That Works. "
  • Costello, Daniel. "Families: Spanking Makes a Comeback --- Tired of Spoiling the Child, Parents Stop Sparing the Rod; Dr. Dobson vs. Dr. Spock. " Wall Street Journal [New York, N.Y.] 9 Jun 2000, Eastern edition: W1.
  • Harper, Felicity. Brown, Amy M. Arias, Ileana. Brody, Gene. "Corporal Punishment and Kids: How Do Parent Support and Gender Influence Child Adjustment? " Journal of Family Violence 21.3 (2006): 197-207. Criminal Justice Periodicals.
  • "It is time to stop putting children second in the UK and USA. " The Lancet 364.9430 (2004): 221-222. ProQuest Health Management.

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