by alara1 on October 21, 2013 - 7:26pm
Is hitting a child to teach them a lesson ever okay? This article researches the effects of a child behavior when they are being hit. Do they become more aggressive as they become older? They conducted research and measured a child’s aggressive behavior at the age of three. When the child turned five, they wanted to see if spanking increased their aggression. When hitting a child, there are many factors that come into play that could result in their aggression. Is alcohol playing a role in the spanking or do they live in a single parent household? When the people were conducting this experiment they wanted to see if the biological father was present in the household because they wanted to test if just a fathers spanking made the child more aggressive. Mothers on average hit their child more than twice a month; this resulted in the increase of child aggression when they turned five. If a parent hit their kid once a month or fewer, the likelihood of child aggression decreased.
The research focuses primarily on parents hitting their children. They are shedding light by providing us with evidence on the negative impacts of spanking. In my opinion, spanking a child is based on culture and where you grew up. Hispanic parents are more likely to hit their children than white parents. It depends where these parents grew up and how their parents raised them. Hispanic parents hit their children to teach them a lesson but they do many other things like time outs and etc. They do this to teach their children a lesson. The main point that this article is trying to make if spanking a child is the best form of discipline.
REFERENCES: Children & Youth Services Review. Sep2013, Vol. 35 Issue 9, p1476-1485. 10p.