Tips in Writing Spanking Essays

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    What is Spanking?Who are the MostFrequent Spankers?Countries that BanSpankingArguments In Favor of SpankingArguments AgainstSpanking

    Bibliographies

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    Spanking is the act of hitting a child withopen hand without causing physical injuryStudies found that parents commonly usespanking as a method of discipline on theirchildren (Benjet & Kazdin, 2003).In 2008, in a survey of 13,000 children, theNational Survey of Families and Households

    found that 1/3 of fathers and 44% of mothershad spanked their children during the weekprior to the interview (Guzzo and Lee, 2008)

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    Mothers spank more oftenthan fathers (Lamanna &Reidmann, 2012)Younger, less educatedparents in households withmore children and less socialsupport are more likely tospank their children (Ellison &Bradshaw, 2009)Parents who live in violentneighborhoods are morelikely to spank their children(Ellison & Bradshaw, 2009)

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    In 1979, Sweden was the first country to banspanking23 countries have laws prohibiting spankingThese countries are: Finland (1983), Norway(1987), Austria (1989), Cyprus (1994), Denmark(1997), Latvia (1998), Croatia (1999), Israel(1999), Germany (2000), Bulgaria (2000), Iceland(2003), Romania (2004), Ukraine (2004),Hungary (2004), Greece (2006), Netherlands(2007), New Zealand (2007), Portugal (2007),Uruguay (2007), Venezuela (2007), Spain (2007),Chile (2007), and Costa Rica (2008) (Fuller,2009).

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    Spanking helps children understand whichbehavior is acceptable and which is notSpanking helps correct the behavior of childrenSpanking does not lead to child abuse

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    Children need to learn early on that there ispunishment every time they engage insocially unacceptable behavior. They need toknow that when they grow up there areconsequences for violating the law.Many children learn things differently. Thereare some children where spanking is effectivein enforcing the right behavior. In thesechildren, the right amount of spanking can bemore beneficial for them.

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    With spanking, the children begins to understandwhich behavior is acceptable and which behavior isnot acceptable.It is in the childs best interest for his parents to takean active role in his development by disciplining him

    In Sweden, teen violence has become a seriousproblem since the ban on spanking was enforced.According to Fuller (2009), hooliganism, excessive[celebrations], acts of violence with racist andxenophobic motives, squatters actions, street fightsbetween politically opposed groups, violence atschool, and recurrent [tumults] between [gangs,]skinheads and groups of young female kickers.(Fuller, 2009).

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    Opponents of Pro-Spanking try to appeal toemotion by correlating spanking with childabuse.On the contrary, banning spanking only makesthe situation of children worse.In Sweden, there has been a lot more child abusesince the law was passed banning spanking. Itappears that Sweden has not developed a goodalternative for spanking. Since spanking wasbanned, parents resorted to yelling andscreaming at their children, and some believedthis was equally, perhaps more, destructive.(Fuller, 2009).

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    Children who are spanked exhibit anti-socialbehavior (Strauss, 1996)Spanking may lead to abnormal psychosexualdevelopment among children (Johnson)Spanking may lead to aggressive behavior(The Atlantic, 2011)Spanking is morally impermissible (Bartlett)

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    Strauss (1996) argue that there is a similaritybetween corporal punishment and murder. Bothcorporal punishment and murder are carried outto correct a behavior which is perceived aswrong.Individuals who were spanked but who did notdisplay aggressively violent behavior showedthree times inclination to limit social interactions,two times more likely to be bullied in school and

    two times more likely to allow their partners tohit them as compared to other individuals whowere not spanked as children

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    Studies say that the buttocks are highly sexualbody parts because of the high concentration of sexual nerve endings in them.Spanking the buttocks, hence, may lead to acertain fixation as the child may learn to derivepleasure from the painful stimulation of thebuttocks; a behavior often demonstrated mysadomasochists.These sexual arousal may also lead the child tobe embarrassed of the derived pleasure and leadhim/her to repress the stimulation, thus,encountering problems of expressing his/hersexuality or incapacity to deprive pleasure fromactual sexual stimulation (Johnson).

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    Studies have shown that children who havehad the experience of spanking tend todemonstrate a more aggressive behaviorcompared to those who have not.

    The Atlantic (2012) provides that as childrenwho have been spanked become adults, theyare more likely to become aggressivethemselves since they have seen adults

    solving problems aggressively (p.1).It is a process of child rearing that can havepotential side effects in the future.

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    Spanking is morally impermissible because itfosters an environment in which corporalpunishment is normal and accepted (Bartlett)When parents spank there is always a riskthat spanking may escalate into somethingmore serious than corporal punishment(Bartlett)

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    Bartlett, G. An Argument Against Spanking. Retrieved August 19,2012 from: http://www.cwu.edu/~bartletg/papers/Spanking.pdf Benjet, C. & Kazdin A. (2003). Spanking Children: TheControversies, Findings and New Directions. Clinical PsychologyReview, 23, 197-224.Fuller, J. (2009). The Science and Statistics Behind SpankingSuggest that Laws Allowing Corporal Punishment are in the BestInterests of the Child. Akron Law Review , 42, 243-317Guzzo, K.B. & Lee, H. (2008). Couple Relationship Status andPatterns in Early Parenting Practices. Journal of Marriage and Family , 70, 44-61Lamanna, M., Reidmann, A.C. (2012). Marriages and Families:Making Choices in a Diverse Society. Belmont: Wadsworth,Cengage Learning.The Atlantic. (2012). The Long-Term Effects of Spanking.Retrieved August 19, 2012 from:http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/02/the-long-term-effects-of-spanking/253425/

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