The Case Against Spanking: How to Discipline Your Child Without Hitting / Edition 1

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Irwin Hyman, an expert in the field of home and school discipline, explains in passionate and compelling style why spanking or hitting children is abusive, destructive, and counterproductive. As an antidote he offers parents and teachers constructive methods of healthy discipline they can use to raise happy and emotionally stable children.The Case Against Spanking is written for the 'less than perfect' parent or teacher who wants to learn how to discipline children without using corporal punishment. The author documents the long-term negative effects of spanking'how it brutalizes kids and creates violent adults'and gives common sense advice on alternative methods for dealing with such everyday situations as what to do when your toddler becomes fussy in the grocery store or how to react if your child runs into the street.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'A 'must-read' book about the spanking controversy that should be of interest to parents, parent educators, and mental health professionals.? —Charles E. Schaefer, coauthor of How to Talk to Your Kids About Really Important Things

"A good addition to most public library parenting collections."

"In this informative text, Hyman shores up his passion for children's rights with logic and research."

"[Hyman] presents a convincing arguement against spanking in the home and includes a Parent Punitive Quiz by which readers can measure their attitudes toward punishment."

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Director of the National Center for the Study of Corporal Punishment and a professor of psychology at Temple University, Hyman has focused previous works on corporal punishment in the schools Reading, Writing and the Hickory Stick. This time around, he presents a convincing argument against spanking in the home and includes a Parent Punitive Quiz by which readers can measure their attitudes toward punishment. Spanking, hitting and other forms of corporal punishment are senseless, Hyman asserts, resulting in lowered self-esteem and teaching children to use violence themselves. Hyman outlines a number of ways to gain control without using physical tactics, such as reward systems, preventive measures and time-outs. Hyman holds firm in his belief that spanking never has to be used. He goes so far as to suggest that spanking be outlawed and cites examples of other nations that have made spanking illegal such as Austria and Italy, and, without suggesting how such a law might be reasonably enforced, makes the point that the mere existence of anti-spanking legislation could change societal attitudes toward corporal punishment. In this informative text, Hyman shores up his passion for children's rights with logic and research. June
Library Journal
These books examine child discipline, with spanking presented as an effective or ineffective method depending on the viewpoint. A father and a family therapist for 30 years, Hyman psychology, Temple Univ. bases his discipline models on research and clinical observations. He offers parents a number of alternative strategies to physical punishment, including understanding child psychology, systemetizing rewards and punishments, and defusing anger in both parent and child. In contrast, Pritchett, a mother and stepmother, offers a discipline plan based on spanking as the only effective deterrent in training children to be obedient and well behaved. Her book begins with a description of spanking two to five hard whacks on the bottom with a paddle followed by loving admonition. Spanking is deemed the appropriate parental response to all children for breaking family or house rules, defiance, lying, cheating, stealing, bad language, and any form of disrespect or disobedience. Pritchett cites the Bible as her reference. Hyman is a good addition to most public library parenting collections, but while one would like to present an opposing viewpoint, Pritchett, whose advice is neither comprehensive nor based on current research, cannot be recommended.Kay L. Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills., Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787903428
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/8/1997
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

IRWIN A. HYMAN is director of the National Center for the Study of Corporal Punishment and Alternatives in the Schools and professor of school psychology at Temple University. He has made numerous appearance on national television shows such as Oprah, Good Morning American and the Today show.

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Table of Contents

An Alien Point of View.

Abuse or Discipline?

Why We Hit and What It Does to Kids.

Back to Basics: What You Need to Know About Effective Discipline.

Changing Your Approach to Discipline.

Rewards and Punishments.

Anger and Resentment.

Using Therapeutic Techniques.

What We Need to Do Next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2005

    finally someone with some sense!

    Great parenting manual. Finally someone who did some research!

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