February 9, 2011
2. The Thesis and the Evidence
Parents all around the world have different methods of correcting their children after a bad behavior. “Corporal punishment or physical punishment refers to "the use of physical force with the intention of causing a child pain, but not injury, for purposes of correction or control of the child's behavior"” (Turner, Finkelhor Par. 1). “Almost all children in the United States are spanked by their parents at some point in their lives” (Giles-Sims, Straus, Sugarman Par. 1). This type of punishment has had different outcomes on the children. Some of the children actually end up learning a lesson and changing their behavior from good to bad, but then there are those who suffer a terrible trauma and end up being then they were at first. The use of corporal punishment has various factors depending on the parents’ ethnicity, marital status, geographic region, sex/age of the child, and religion. The majority of the people believe that spanking is only used for little children, but their wrong. “Two studies show that over half of American children ages 13 and 14 are still being spanked” (Giles-Sims, Straus, Sugarman Par. 9).As well as the age, more people think that boys are spanked more than girls, but research says that there is a small difference in the percentage. “Research focused on rates of severe violence toward children (physical abuse) by marital status has found higher rates among single parents and stepparents” (Giles-Sims, Straus, Sugarman Par. 12). African Americans are long known for their slavery, but researches have seen than European American parents are more likely to use corporal punishment than African Americans. Spanking also results from the parents income; parents with a low income are more favorable to spanking because of desperate need of money and worriedness. “Hitting children is intertwined with religious beliefs, cultural views, government, law, and...