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Beating the Devil Out of Them : Corporal Punishment in American Children - Valerie Malhotra Bentz

Beating the Devil Out of Them

Corporal Punishment in American Children

Paperback Published: 31st March 2001
ISBN: 9780765807540
Number Of Pages: 354

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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.

Industry Reviews

-A comprehensive expose of the corporal punishment controversy by an eminent scholar. Straus provides the long needed scientific evidence linking corporal punishment to subsequent violence and other adult problems. This book gives major new importance and credibility to the uphill effort to end corporal punishment of chil-dren.- --Adrienne Ahlgren Haeuser, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

-Murray Straus has exposed 'the best kept secret of American child psychology' hitting kids is the dark force in family life. Just as smoking was accepted a generation ago, corporal punishment is still okay in polite society. However, like smoking, hitting emerges as a destructive anti-social act with serious costs to public health.- --James Garbarino, Cornell University "A comprehensive expose of the corporal punishment controversy by an eminent scholar. Straus provides the long needed scientific evidence linking corporal punishment to subsequent violence and other adult problems. This book gives major new importance and credibility to the uphill effort to end corporal punishment of chil-dren." --Adrienne Ahlgren Haeuser, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

"Murray Straus has exposed 'the best kept secret of American child psychology' hitting kids is the dark force in family life. Just as smoking was accepted a generation ago, corporal punishment is still okay in polite society. However, like smoking, hitting emerges as a destructive anti-social act with serious costs to public health." --James Garbarino, Cornell University "A comprehensive expose of the corporal punishment controversy by an eminent scholar. Straus provides the long needed scientific evidence linking corporal punishment to subsequent violence and other adult problems. This book gives major new importance and credibility to the uphill effort to end corporal punishment of chil-dren." --Adrienne Ahlgren Haeuser, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

"Murray Straus has exposed 'the best kept secret of American child psychology' hitting kids is the dark force in family life. Just as smoking was accepted a generation ago, corporal punishment is still okay in polite society. However, like smoking, hitting emerges as a destructive anti-social act with serious costs to public health." --James Garbarino, Cornell University "Murray Straus has exposed 'the best kept secret of American child psychology': hitting kids is the dark force in family life. Just as smoking was accepted a generation ago, corporal punishment is still okay in polite society. However, like smoking, hitting emerges as a destructive anti-social act with serious costs to public health.""-James Garbarino, Cornell University"

"A comprehensive expos of the corporal punishment controversy by an eminent scholar. Straus provides the long needed scientific evidence linking corporal punishment to subsequent violence and other adult problems. This book gives major new importance and credibility to the uphill effort to end corporal punishment of children.""--Adrienne Ahlgren Haeuser, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee"

Introduction to the Transaction Editionp. i
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Spanking--The Virtuous Violence
The Conspiracy of Silencep. 3
What Is Corporal Punishment?p. 4
The Importance of Corporal Punishmentp. 9
A Conspiracy of Silencep. 10
Child-Rearing Advice Booksp. 14
Plan of the Bookp. 16
Everyone Does It, But Less Nowp. 19
The Virtuous Violencep. 19
Attitudes Toward Corporal Punishmentp. 20
How Much Corporal Punishment?p. 22
Corporal Punishment In Two Nationally Representative Samplesp. 22
Trendsp. 25
Differences Between Boys and Girlsp. 29
Cultural Discontinuity in Corporal Punishmentp. 31
Conclusionsp. 32
Hitting Adolescentsp. 35
Two Measures of Corporal Punishmentp. 36
How Many Are Hit and How Often?p. 37
The Social Context of Hitting Adolescentsp. 39
Conclusionsp. 47
Who Spanks the Most?p. 49
Cultural Norms and Attitudesp. 51
The Age and Sex of the Childp. 54
Parents and Family Characteristicsp. 54
Conclusionsp. 61
The Price of Virtue
Depression and Suicidep. 67
Depressionp. 67
Corporal Punishment and Depressionsp. 71
Corporal Punishment and Suicidal Thoughtsp. 72
Summaryp. 77
Why Does Corporal Punishment Produce Depression?p. 78
Physical Abusep. 81
Another Conspiracy of Silencep. 82
The Research Evidencep. 83
Reasons for Ignoring Corporal Punishmentp. 87
Theories That Might Explain the Linkp. 90
Characteristics of Abusing Parentsp. 91
Corporal Punishment and Physical Abusep. 92
Conclusionsp. 95
Violence and Crimep. 99
Corporal Punishment and Family Violencep. 101
Corporal Punishment and Street Crimep. 107
Corporal Punishment in Schools and Violencep. 110
Socio-Cultural Contextp. 116
Conclusionsp. 117
The Fusion of Sex and Violencep. 121
Lovemapsp. 124
Sexual Scripts and Other Influencesp. 125
Masochistic Sex Among College Men and Womenp. 126
Corporal Punishment and Masochistic Sexp. 130
Conclusionsp. 134
Alienation and Reduced Incomep. 137
Corporal Punishment and Achievementp. 140
Alienationp. 142
Conclusionsp. 144
The Future
Ten Myths That Perpetuate Corporal Punishmentp. 149
Spanking Works Betterp. 149
Spanking Is Needed as a Last Resortp. 152
Spanking Is Harmlessp. 152
One or Two Times Won't Cause Any Damagep. 155
Parents Can't Stop Without Helpp. 155
If You Don't Spank, Your Children Will Be Spoiled or Run Wildp. 157
Parents Spank Rarely or Only for Serious Problemsp. 160
By the Time a Child Is a Teenager, Parents Have Stoppedp. 160
If Parents Don't Spank, They Will Verbally Abuse Their Childp. 161
It Is Unrealistic to Expect Parents to Never Spankp. 161
Why Do These Myths Persist?p. 162
Social Evolution and Corporal Punishmentp. 165
How Solid is the Evidence?p. 166
Corporal Punishment in Historical Perspectivep. 174
A Moral Passagep. 175
Social Changes Underlying the Moral Passagep. 178
Lessons from the Swedish No-Spanking Lawp. 184
Obstacles to Ending Corporal Punishmentp. 186
A Society Without Corporal Punishmentp. 190
The Benefits of Never Spanking: New and More Definitive Evidencep. 193
The Chicken and Egg Problem with Previous Research on Corporal Punishmentp. 194
Five New Landmark Studiesp. 196
Is There a Backlash?p. 205
Most Parent Education Inadvertently Perpetuates Corporal Punishmentp. 208
Benefits to Children and Society of Ending Corporal Punishmentp. 212
Appendix
A Theoretical Modelp. 217
Samples and Measures of Corporal Punishmentp. 227
Statistical Methods and Measuresp. 245
Notesp. 283
Referencesp. 287
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780765807540
ISBN-10: 0765807548
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 354
Published: 31st March 2001
Publisher: TRANSACTION PUBL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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