Spanking: Right or Wrong?

Kylie, Shaylie, Kerri, Melanie, and Katie

Facts Discussed


-"The /use of physical force with the intention of causing a child pain, but not injury, for the purposes of correction or control of the child's behavior"

Our Belief:

  • We’re totally split on this decision- half of us were spanked, half weren’t. Those who weren’t spanked see spanking as more of a negative.


  • -“We know that spanking very young children (less than age two) is more common and frequent in African-American and Hispanic families than it is in non-Hispanic white families, a classification that in the U.S. refers largely to children from European-American family backgrounds” (Slade).

  • -“Spanking rates remain highest among black Americans” (Gershoff, 24).

  • For Spanking:

    • National longitudinal surveys collecting data on families who use corporal punishment have holes in their studies, because there are parents who don’t spank their children on a regular basis, because a regular basis = once a week

    • According to these surveys, “regular basis”= once a week.

    • “Parents who have spanked their children in the past month or year, but not in the past week, are considered non-spankers” (Grogan-Kaylor & Otis, 83)

    • According to “Spanking Children: A Conversation Long Overdue”, it is important for parents to spank their children in a “clear-minded” state, rather than out of aggression (Carlsbad).

    • (LAST POINT) “The issue with spanking is, we are talking about factors that raise risk of poor outcomes for children; there’s not an absolute guarantee that poor outcomes will happen” (Mitchell).

    Against Spanking

    • In most countries in the study, 65% of students under 10 reported being spanked. In the United States, 75% of students under 10 reported being spanked (Proulx, 1).

    • “In the U.S., the only humans it is still legal to hit are children” (Knox & Lentini, 25).

    • “A pattern of physical abuse generally starts as corporal punishment, then gets out of control” (Paintal, 3).

    • “Those adolescents who reported feeling threatened by their parents use of corporal punishment in childhood have poor mental health” (Mulvaney &Mebrt, 410)

    • A 2012 article by TIME Magazine reported that “Harsh punishments can wind up backfiring because they can foster lying in children who are desperate to avoid being spanked.”” (Carlsbad).

    • “Negative consequences of corporal punishment including increased risk for behavioral problems, delinquent behaviors, low self-esteem, depression, substance abuse, and physical abuse of their own children among those exposed to corporal punishment” (Chung, 24-25).

    Works Cited

    Carlsbad. "Spanking Children: A Conversation Long Overdue." The Daily Cougar [Houston, Texas] 02 Oct. 2014: n. pag. ProQuest. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.

    Chung, Esther K., MD. "Infant Spanking: Attitudes and Past Experiences." Pediatrics for Parents Mar.-Apr. 2010: 24-25. ProQuest. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.

    Gershoff, Elizabeth T., PhD. "Spanking - Is It Harmful for All Children." Pediatrics for Parents 1 Mar. 2012: 24-25. ProQuest. Web. 11 Dec. 2014.

    Grogan-Kaylor, Andrew, and Melanie D. Otis. "The Predictors of Parental Use of Corporal Punishment." Family Relations. 56.1 (2007): 80-91. Print.

    Knox, Michele, PhD, and Jennifer Lentini, MD. "On Spanking." Pediatrics for Parents Dec. 2007: 25-26. ProQuest. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.

    Mitchell, Patrick. "Child Discipline Is Spanking Worth the Risk." Children's Voice July-Aug. 2010: 19. ProQuest. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.

    Mulvaney, Matthew K, and Carolyn J. Mebert. "Stress Appraisal and Attitudes Towards Corporal Punishment As Intervening Processes between Corporal Punishment and Subsequent Mental Health." Journal of Family Violence. 25.4 (2010): 401-412. Print.

    Paintal, Sureshrani. "Banning Corporal Punishment of Children." Childhood Education 83.6 (2007): 410-13. ProQuest. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.

    Proulx, Melissa. "Spanking May Lead to Law Breaking, Study Shows." University Wire [Durham, New Hampshire] 06 Dec. 2013: n. pag. ProQuest. Web. 11 Dec. 2014.

    Slade, Eric. "Spanking in Early Childhood and Later Behavior Problems." Pediatrics for Parents Oct.-Nov. 2006: 2. ProQuest. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.

    Slade, Eric. "Spanking in Early Childhood and Later Behavior Problems." Pediatrics for Parents Oct.-Nov. 2006: 2. ProQuest. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.