Beating the Devil Out of Them: Corporal Punishment in American Families and Its Effects on Children / Edition 2

Beating the Devil Out of Them: Corporal Punishment in American Families and Its Effects on Children / Edition 2

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by Murray A. Straus, Denise A. Donnelly
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0765807548

ISBN-13: 9780765807540

Pub. Date: 09/10/2001

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Based on his studies of over 9,000 families, Murray A. Straus, the foremost researcher on family violence in the world, discusses the extent to which parents in the United States use corporal punishment (such as spanking and slapping) and its effects on their chil­dren. The question of whether corporal punishment is an effective method of discipline is hotly

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Based on his studies of over 9,000 families, Murray A. Straus, the foremost researcher on family violence in the world, discusses the extent to which parents in the United States use corporal punishment (such as spanking and slapping) and its effects on their chil­dren. The question of whether corporal punishment is an effective method of discipline is hotly debated. Straus contends that this believed-to-be-"minor" form of physical violence is precursor to much violence that plagues our world.

Children who are spanked quickly learn that love and violence can go hand in hand. Since spanking is generally done by loving, caring parents—for the child's own good—a child can learn that hitting is "morally right." Straus describes what he has learned through two decades of research: children who are spanked are from two to six times more likely to be physically aggressive, to become juvenile delinquents, and later, as adults, to use physical violence against their spouses, to have sadomasochistic tendencies, and to suffer from depression. Straus alerts parents to these risks, and argues that spanking adversely affects not only the children who are subjected to it but society as a whole.

This groundbreaking book, now available in paperback with a substantive new introduction and new concluding chapter, is essential reading for parents as well as teachers, lawyers, and judges. Professionals in fields such as social work, child protection, delin­quency and criminology, psychology, and politics will find it of critical importance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765807540
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
09/10/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
317
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Editioni
Prefacexvii
Acknowledgmentsxxiii
Part ISpanking--The Virtuous Violence
1The Conspiracy of Silence3
What Is Corporal Punishment?4
The Importance of Corporal Punishment9
A Conspiracy of Silence10
Child-Rearing Advice Books14
Plan of the Book16
2Everyone Does It, But Less Now19
The Virtuous Violence19
Attitudes Toward Corporal Punishment20
How Much Corporal Punishment?22
Corporal Punishment In Two Nationally Representative Samples22
Trends25
Differences Between Boys and Girls29
Cultural Discontinuity in Corporal Punishment31
Conclusions32
3Hitting Adolescents35
Two Measures of Corporal Punishment36
How Many Are Hit and How Often?37
The Social Context of Hitting Adolescents39
Conclusions47
4Who Spanks the Most?49
Cultural Norms and Attitudes51
The Age and Sex of the Child54
Parents and Family Characteristics54
Conclusions61
Part IIThe Price of Virtue
5Depression and Suicide67
Depression67
Corporal Punishment and Depressions71
Corporal Punishment and Suicidal Thoughts72
Summary77
Why Does Corporal Punishment Produce Depression?78
6Physical Abuse81
Another Conspiracy of Silence82
The Research Evidence83
Reasons for Ignoring Corporal Punishment87
Theories That Might Explain the Link90
Characteristics of Abusing Parents91
Corporal Punishment and Physical Abuse92
Conclusions95
7Violence and Crime99
Corporal Punishment and Family Violence101
Corporal Punishment and Street Crime107
Corporal Punishment in Schools and Violence110
Socio-Cultural Context116
Conclusions117
8The Fusion of Sex and Violence121
Lovemaps124
Sexual Scripts and Other Influences125
Masochistic Sex Among College Men and Women126
Corporal Punishment and Masochistic Sex130
Conclusions134
9Alienation and Reduced Income137
Corporal Punishment and Achievement140
Alienation142
Conclusions144
Part IIIThe Future
10Ten Myths That Perpetuate Corporal Punishment149
Myth 1Spanking Works Better149
Myth 2Spanking Is Needed as a Last Resort152
Myth 3Spanking Is Harmless152
Myth 4One or Two Times Won't Cause Any Damage155
Myth 5Parents Can't Stop Without Help155
Myth 6If You Don't Spank, Your Children Will Be Spoiled or Run Wild157
Myth 7Parents Spank Rarely or Only for Serious Problems160
Myth 8By the Time a Child Is a Teenager, Parents Have Stopped160
Myth 9If Parents Don't Spank, They Will Verbally Abuse Their Child161
Myth 10It Is Unrealistic to Expect Parents to Never Spank161
Why Do These Myths Persist?162
11Social Evolution and Corporal Punishment165
How Solid is the Evidence?166
Corporal Punishment in Historical Perspective174
A Moral Passage175
Social Changes Underlying the Moral Passage178
Lessons from the Swedish No-Spanking Law184
Obstacles to Ending Corporal Punishment186
A Society Without Corporal Punishment190
12The Benefits of Never Spanking: New and More Definitive Evidence193
The Chicken and Egg Problem with Previous Research on Corporal Punishment194
Five New Landmark Studies196
Is There a Backlash?205
Most Parent Education Inadvertently Perpetuates Corporal Punishment208
Benefits to Children and Society of Ending Corporal Punishment212
Appendix
A.A Theoretical Model217
B.Samples and Measures of Corporal Punishment227
C.Statistical Methods and Measures245
Notes283
References287
Index305

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Beating the Devil Out of Them: Corporal Punishment in American Families and Its Effects on Children 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Much needed given George W. Bush's implicit support for the use of corporal punishment in public schools. This book demonstrates why it's important to Spare The Child and Spoil the Rod.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a well researched book on discipline & would help any parent.