by tibez1 on October 21, 2013 - 11:55pm

Throughout the United States, spanking has been amongst one of the most controversial issues when it comes to the specific ways of raising a child. There has been numerous shows on what not to do as a parent when raising one or more child in a household, to in all receive order in the family. Lansford, specifically hints upon the reasons as to why one would decides to externally implement spanking in to the parental decisions. Most believe, that spanking is the only way, if not the best way to raise a child and others think the opposite. But, the parent must understand realize that when the society begins to change the way a  child needs to be raised changes as well which may differ from the way the parent was raised. Lansford, gathered a variety of different children in the first second and third grade. The mothers of the children were also incorporated in the experiment, they were instructed to complete a questionnaire based upon their disciplining styles in their households with their children.

The results based on the experiment conduct with the children and the mothers shows that the European American mothers tend to use the discipline of reasoning more than the spanking portion of discipline. This finding was similar to the mother of the African Americans mothers but when the discipline of spanking is compared to that of the European American mothers the percentage, the numbers are a bit higher. For African Americans, it was reported that child externalizing behaviors was unrelated to the mother’s report of discipline. European American: Spank-1.18/ African American: Spank 1.32. A structural experiment was set up during the findings. The study was designed to examine whether African American and European American mothers differ In their aspects of discipline use when either, reasoning,  denying privileges yelling and spanking. In my opinion, it depends on where and how one was raised depending on the specific culture of that individual. There may be different viewpoints morally and ethically that one believes is right or wrong.



Bates,Dodge,Lansford,Pettit,Wager. 2012. Parental Reasoning, Denying Priveleges, Yelling, and Spanking: Ethnic Differences and Associations with Child Externalizing Behavior. Psychology Press. United States. 42-56







I believe that parents should be able to discipline their children in any way suitable. There’s no “right” or “wrong” way to discipline a child. The ideas of what is wrong are only what it perceived by others. I think that spanking is okay only when the child is at an age where it is hard to get the point across to them verbally. At a young age just telling the child no most likely will not get through to them. A lot of people do not believe in laying a hand on their child because it could make the child scared of their parent. As a child I was spanked a few times, only on very serious occasions. I can tell you that I learned my lesson and never did whatever it was again. Being spanked never made me scared or resent my parent at all. I do agree with that fact that a persons views on spanking can depend on how they were raised and the morals they were brought up with. I think it would be interesting to see what the effects are due to spanking.

This is such a great topic choice, it not only is extremely controversial like you said in different societies, but it shows the norms of one’s cultures and values in a family setting in displaying ways of discipline. Spanking is looked upon as a positive punishment in the views of psychology. If the child acts in a out rage that is not suitable for his or her environment the parent may resolve to spanking the child. The child knows now in the future that they should not participate in the same behavior again because of the consequence of spanking. It was very interesting to see the difference in behaviors in spanking between the European American and African American families. I agree with your opinion on this article, it’s hard to argue with someone who has been raised differently and has opposite values. This blog shows good information and data that was shown in the article. If I were to change something I would make the data a little easier and more comprehendible for the average reader that would like to partake in the information given. Overall though I enjoyed this blog, I hope to see more in the future.

I agree with you on how beliefs in spanking come from the parents’ background and how their parents disciplined them. Some parents believe that spanking is the only way to discipline their children while others completely disagree. However, I do feel that any parent has the right to discipline their child however they want—it is their child. As long as things don’t get out of hand I feel that a little spank here and there when the child is horribly misbehaving wouldn’t hurt because the child would be more likely to stay away from misbehaving to avoid the consequences. The only way spanking would become a problem is if it’s being done continuously with no real reason behind it. This situation can then be considered as child abuse and that can really affect a child long term. The differences in numbers between African Americans and European Americans giving spankings to their children are quite interesting. Along with you, I believe the differences in these numbers have to do with how these different races were brought up. What was done to them and how they were raised would most likely be put to use on their own children. Everyone has been brought up differently and stick to specific morals and ways to discipline their children. Overall, I feel that spanking a child is definitely the parent’s choice as long as it doesn’t get out of line. No one can tell a parent not to spank their child when the child is misbehaving because at the end of the day the parent is going to raise their child the way they want. Every child needs discipline one way or another.

Every culture and every era has its way to raise a child. Some parents use communication while others, unfortunately, use violence to get the message across or to reprimand their child. I wanted to read furthermore about this article because the author’s title makes the reader reflect whether spanking goes along with raising a child.

According to Child Care, spanking is not only defined as a child bending over the parents’ knees and whose butt is getting struck. In fact, spanking implies all sorts of intentional, brutal, and physical contact with a child as a purpose of a way of raising them. However, as claimed by the child psychologists of the site, the use of spanking can cause long-term emotional and even physical damages to the child. It can also influence the child into becoming violent adults (mostly because of the “brutal” behaviour the parents showed to their child as a model). In fact, according to a 2012 study of Dr. Laura Markham, children who were spanked were more likely to experience anxiety, depression, enhanced rates of aggression and mental and health problems, to try drugs and to exhibit aggression as they were growing up.

As a matter of fact, spanking can highly influence the child’s behaviour throughout time. In fact, spanking has an important connection with violent behaviour in the victim. For example, Tulane University’s major study suggests that the children are more likely to hit others (friends, siblings and spouse/husband) and to lose their temper easily and physically on others.

All in all, I think that spanking should not be a way of reasoning with children because of all its negative outcomes it has on children. In fact, raising a child should be reasoned with communication and firstly love, not with violence. As a citizen, it is our responsibility to assure the wellbeing of kids and therefore to reason and change the parents ‘mentality that involves physical punishment into their child’s education so that the children will not suffer of brutality.

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