Majority of Viewers Say Spanking Does Not Cause Aggression in Children
Majority of respondents reported that they have spanked their children
Flemington, NJ, April 16, 2010 – A new media study among 306 Americans revealed that the majority (60%) indicated that spanking does not cause aggression in children, after viewing a video highlighting the findings of a recent study on spanking children.
The study was conducted during April 15-16 by HCD Research using its MediaCurves.com® website, to obtain viewers’ perceptions of a news clip featuring the results from a recent study suggesting that spanking may cause aggression and lower IQ scores in children. To view detailed results go to: www.mediacurves.com.
The majority of parents (60%) reported that they have spanked their children. A higher number of parents (85%) indicated that they were spanked as a child, suggesting that the amount of disciplinary spanking has decreased over time. After viewing the video, the majority of parents reported that they were just as likely to spank their children, despite the findings that suggest it may cause aggression and lower IQ scores in children.
Among the findings:
Do you think spanking children causes them to be more aggressive?
Have you ever spanked your child or children?
Were you ever spanked when you were a child?
How has this video affected the likelihood of you spanking your child or children?
I am more likely to spank my child or children now
I am less likely to spank my child or children now
I am just as likely to spank my child or children now
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HCD Research is a marketing and communications research company headquartered in Flemington, NJ. The company's services include traditional and web-based research. For additional information on HCD Research, access the company’s web site at www.hcdi.net or call HCD Research at 908-788-9393. MediaCurves.com® (www.mediacurves.com) is a media measurement website that provides the media and general public with a venue to view Americans’ perceptions of popular and controversial media events and advertisements.
Sometimes spanking is necesarry because that way you can teach a child discipline. On the other hand I think that by speaking to a child instead of spanking them or yelling at them you can gain more. Also as a parent its necessary to have a lot of patience and to be firm. If we as a parent for example tell our children that if they disobey on something we the parent are going to take away the tv or the nintendo ds for example, if they disobey thant we have to be firm and do what we said we were going to do but if we dont then the child is going to say: "oh, yeah that's what you always say and never do it."
not sure how I helped here, this being an important subject in what I feel should be every parents life. It is so very hard to pin point what is good and what is bad when we live in a country a diverce as the USA. we have real gettos and we have Palm Springs and Cape Cod....From the very moment that your child is born, you HAVE TO BE THERE. no ifs and or butts....the rest is timing and reaction...you are only going to be as good of a parent as you are as a real person...not what you think you should be from watching TV.
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After looking at the video, u have to think before u spank
I think we need to educate parents more about how bad spanking children is, but in the same time spanking should not turn into a crime by making it an illegal thing. So again, we need to work more on changing the mentality about it.
I think that the younger generation really does not know what a spanking is, you are not beating them I believe there is a difference. I only received one spanking in my life and I will say my children probably had no more than one spanking, but it did not ruin there future, they are both very successful and not aggressive in a bad way. I am not and have never been aggressive.
I am upset by the agressive and abusive parents.
I agree that the lower IQ for children who are spanked is attributable to factors others than spanking. And uneducated parents don't spank their children because they are uneducated. I have a college degree and I believe in spanking.
I think it is not an exact science as to when to spank a child. I don't spank my child often and it's usually a last resort- like they have been talked to 10 times about the same thing and they are not listening. It can be a wake up call to say "hey, I told you and you are not listening." Spanking should never be out of anger though- I think there is a time and a place and I don't believe it should be often. I'm not against occasional spanking but I am against spanking that parents use as their only form of discipline. It is much more approriate to try and talk a child through discipline in my opinion.
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If they start telling me how to raise my children, I am moving to Canada. By the way............ I have a College degree, we are not stupid just because we don't want the state to raise our children...
I think that it i imperative that parents spank and that it is ridiculous to try to explain to a small child why.
I think the black women had the most balanced perception for spanking. Each child is different so the same rules may not apply. There is a difference between spanking and beating. It sounded like a very flawed study.
The video wasn't fair to the mother who advocated spanking, because the other woman outtalked her ten to one. The Bible states that if you spare the rod, you will spoil the child. My grandchildren don't get spanked , but do get time out and other punishments and they are spoiled and mean and aggressive. I know that you need to tell them that bad behaviour warrantes punishment, explanations and followups. A punishment that they can feel.
Just a comment: The one woman said to get down to eye level and "explain" to the child that it is a "bad idea". Well, I would like to see her tell a 2 year old why it is a bad idea to touch a hot stove! Or explain to a 2 year old or 3 year old why running in the street could be dangerous to their health! PLEASE!!!!
I and my wife have raised 5 succesful boys and never raised my hand to them .
Spare the rod, spoil the child. It is in the Bible. Some people should read the Bible more instead of all of the studies that say we shouldn't spank!
If the parents of today were to say "no" or to spank their child in extreme situations, we would not be faced with the spoiled, self-indulged young people of today.
i think you should take the time to explain to you child that what they did was wrong,rather then spanking them. sometimes they do not know why they were spanked.
Spanking is very necessary when the child is endangering themselves or others. Most other instances of spanking are questionable.
The more we know the better we do. As a very young mom that was what I knew but I learned quickly that it is ineffective and frequently has the opposite effect.
From my time to today, the kids today are the most disrespectful, ignorant, bratty, selfish children I have ever seen or will ever see,all do to time-out and go to your room where they have all of the amenities and wherewith all to entertain themselves....What good is time-out?
coming from a very abusive family,I can confirm that spanking,hitting or physically threatening a child will only develop fear of that parent,hostility directed toward that parent and severe distrust and resentment toward that parent from the abused child.
Spanking should not be banned. I only had to do it once; other than a swat on the behind. It sends a message to a child that there are consequences to his actions. Kids today are getting out of hand and a few good swats would probably change kid's attitudes. It never had a great effect on me but to make me a better person.
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I feel their are times that a spanking actually does discipline a child
This is ridiculous. My child's IQ is 165
Spanking should never be done in anger, and I think that's the mistake parents make.
I was never spanked but my husband was and he has vivid memories that still haunt him today. I absolutely do not agree in spanking. Never have, never will. Taking favorite toys or activities away works just fine.
Personally, I believe spanking should be avoided as much as possible, except in situations where a parent feels particularly warranted or perhaps feels that no other form of punishment will get their point across. HOWEVER, I think it is absolutely absurd to even suggest that the act should possibly be made illegal in the United States. The government already has more than enough control over every aspect of our daily lives--I don't see how they have any right to tell me whether or not I can spank my own children. I feel that I am a good mother--I keep my children healthy and happy, and I certainly don't want someone telling me how to raise them.
by Gummi (Anonymous User)
on Sunday, June 17, 2012 @ 9:50:37 AM (#7734
Well, what you're describing suodns like the beginning of a domestic discipline relationship. This is a situation in which one member of a relationship (regardless of genders) submits to the other's authority to punish them for wrongdoing. This is something that should be discussed and agreed upon between the two of you long before any punishment actually takes place. Also, being disciplined as an independent adult is something that only a small percentage of the population is wired for. If she's not wired for it, then it's not going to happen, and would be abuse if you still tried to go through with it.If her behavior is getting out of hand, and hurting herself as much as others, then you should probably address the issue of her behavior, first, including the discussion of spanking her at the end. If you present punishment as a loving incentive to help her to get her act straightened up, then it just might appeal to her need to correct her mistakes and be a better person.Now, if her behavior is simply aggravating you, and not really harming herself or others, then there might not really be anything to punish. Being able to discipline someone for simply annoying you, rather than actual misbehavior, is more of a Dominance/submission mechanic, and doesn't directly apply to domestic discipline.I didn't respond to this question from the standpoint of sexual fantasies, because that doesn't seem to be what you're hinting at. If you are, then simply give her a couple smacks in the heat of the moment and see what happens. The bottom is an erogenous zone, and few girls will object to light swats during sexual play. It's actually more likely to turn them on than off.
Some children do not respond to anything but spanking
Spanking is not the first form of discipline that I use with my two boys. BUT, when you try all other means, there are just times when a swat is the only thing that they respond to. I use the swats very seldom, in a serious incident, when no other means work. They are very courteous, well adjusted, happy boys. Not aggressive, and have never hit each other or other kids. Unlike many kids I see that never get more than a "time out" or a stern look. Maybe if more parents gave their child a spanking now and then, there wouldn't be the decline in the behavior of the kids in the recent generations. We should learn something from our grandparents.
Being spanked taught me not to do certain things, because spanking is the consequence.
I just want to say that this is why kids are soooo bad nowdays. There is no disapline ! They get away with everything and they know they can. My children are grown up and my daughter has 2 kids of her own, she combines explanations with spanking disapline. If she explains the first time and they do it again they get spanked and have time out also. My parents raised me that way, I got 3 spankings during my childhood. It was only 3 because once I got one I didn't want another one, they didn't go to extremes but it was just enough to make you want to not do it again. I raised my daughter the same way and she didn't go around hiting others or beating her kids. She turned out to be a great woman and awesome mother to her kids. There are some kids that you can tell them why and you'll not have a problem out of them, then their are others that will really test you to see how much they can get away with, them are the ones that need a spanking to get it through their heads and so they know it won't be tolerated.This crap all started when my now 30 yr old daughter was like 6 or 7 and they started the thing about if your parents hit you tell someone, then kids started getting taken away for a simple little spanking to make the kids behave and stay in line. Sure their were probally a few who went too far with it and that's not right, but most know how to do it to the right extent. Just enough to make them listen. It didn't harm me, my sister, my daughter or my grandkids. My grandkids are doing great and listen for the most part and are hardly ever in trouble. ! because they were taught right from worng and 2 because they were given a spanking when needed.
This was interesting survey. I believe it depends on the child him or her. Under a year old, I don't think so, however, explaining to a child doesn't always work either.
There is no harm in spanking a child as long as they are old enough to understand the reason. This doesn't mean beating a child - far from it beating is totally wrong. As far as the IQ thing goes, I was spanked as a child (when necessary) and I have an IQ of 132 - does it mean that I could have had higher had I not been spanked? I think not.
As far as causing aggression that is also ridiculous. This is just another control situation w/ our current government - let's make a law against everything! Go figure!
Spanking is ok just like eating at fast food but the key is moderation and know when to spank and when not to and definitely not to babies or kids below let say 2. If you spank a 3yr old then you do it not as hard and so on for bigger kids. I spank my child once in a while but it is not constant as I also punish them different ways like taking away there toys, things they like or go to bed early on w-ends, they hate that one and it works!! So, spanking once in a while won't kill just don't overdo it as some might do, then it is wrong. MOderation is everything you do in life!!!!!
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Every child is different, spanking never got through to my son, standing in a corner got his attention. On the other hand, my daughter would happily stand in a corner all day and then repeat the behavior she was being punished for. The threat of a spanking had her attention right away.
I think this is the problem to many people trying to tell the next person how to raise there children. No one has the perfect answer everybody assumes
Each time a situation "might" come up that could lead to a spanking is "SO" different each time that there and be no hard and fast..Yes or NO answer. Make sure we are saying spanking not beating.
I am sorre I came from the generation of spankings and it didn't seem to hurt us. Chidren today are far more aggressive and usualy from families I know who would not dream of spanking a child. BUT the verbally abuse the "HELL" out of them. As a child I prefered the occassional swat verus the neven ending verbal.
its like these people are letting our laws take everything over sometimes it is necessary to spank
I don't think spanking is as black or white as the survey suggests. I wonder what the outcome of the survey woukld be if there were more gray areas or spots to make a comment on each of the questions.
It's all subjective. Spanking my child is not my first option. Whether or not I spank my child depends upon the degree of the offense and only after I have exhausted all of my other disceplanry skills without success, and yes, I have a lot of them.
Spanking kids is the easy way out. Parents don't want to follow through on time outs or punishments so they swat their kids. I have seen parents slap kids in the head in stores. It's disgusting and should not happen!
I dont' spank often but feel that sometimes it is necessary to get their attention or if it fits the crime. My children may get one spanking a year. I feel some parents can go too far with it so some boundries need to be met with this study. There is a big difference between a pat on the bottom once in a blue moon and child abuse.
It is not the inflicting of pain that brings out agression. The conversation before and after the spanking is essential to bring about the discipline desired. If an angry parent spanks a child he runs the risk of making the child angry, because it is an emotional response, not a planned method of discipline.
If a two year old runs out in the road a swat on their bottom is not going to make them more agressive that is much different then beating or abusing them
It is not the government's business how I raise my child, if they make a law saying I should not spank my child, that is an infringement on my rights. It gives a child power over the parent, which they are not mature to deal with.
sometimes spanking helps more than trying to talk to them, I have seen some kids who never gets spanked and they are little brats and people hates to be around them.
i consider myself to be very educated on this subject and the have a child with aspbergers,there are just occasions whaen spanking is a neccesary evil
there are no absolutes in children, sometime after trying to reason with a child, a spanking is a diciplinary step
I think that this subject is nobodys business except parents and their children.
Touchy topic for some and I think anyone who feels stongly one way or the other won't change their opinions based on these statistics alone.
Spanking used sparingly, at the right time to me is fine. I don't use it anymore because it is no longer effective due to my children's age. Now I use punishments that fits the issue at hand.
i only spank a child when they do something really dangerous to them so they relate doing that to pain.
Sometimes upon reflection, I would have preferred a spanking to an hour or more of verbal abuse.
There is a huge difference a swat on the butt and a beating.
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children need to be disciplined. Thats the problem with alot of them. There are many differents ways of doing that. We all know that, but sometimes i feel that parents take the whole spanking thing to another level. I was spanked as a child and honestly i did no good.
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when i was a child i was spanked and i now know that it was nessarary
I think there needs to be discussion about the proper way of spanking. If parents are just "hitting" the child on the bottom (or anywhere else) and calling it spanking, I I think that is wrong. Done correctly, a spanking could be a positive form of correction.
spanking is and will always be fine unless some perverts take it to the next dimension, nowadays we're attempting to teach our children the arts while in the womb and how to read right out of the womb and you mean to tell me that swatting a child under 1 cant reduce the frequency of the bad behavior (thats why its done)--even pavlov's dogs could learn that way!
i think there is a difference between swatting your kid on the butt once or twice in their childhood and doing it on a repeated basis or frequently
i think it is one of the main reasons that the us is in the trouble that it is in now with the killings and robberies etc. No Control at the home front. if you were in the army would you want a person behind you that didnt listen to authority.
i spank my children if uncle sam can send 17 year olds to fight a war then I can spank my child,the bible says that when you spare the rod and spoil a child it is wrong to spoil ,what do you do with spoiled food?so yes spanking is a must!
by Cecilia (Anonymous User)
on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 @ 5:48:18 AM (#7964
it was less than 5 times he can remember- when he was rlleay bad. I don't remember specific instances (although I do remember running to the top of the house and poking my tongue out for all I was worth!)I very much feel that to smack in anger is wrong and I believe that is one of the greatest challenges to parents. I have been quite perterbed recently by some people who have advised me to smack my son harder when he does not respond. One has no children, the other has a child too young to be smacked. They have no idea how hard I might currently smack my son, yet they say- do it harder- if I comment that he is not bothered by it. I am not happy to smack harder than I do (mostly on the hand) or more frequently than I do.A smack comes after repeated warnings and counting- and most of the time the warnings and counting now work. But they wouldn't if I had not been consistent. My son is three. I did not smack him until he was over 2 years old. If I smack his bottom it makes little difference to him as he wears nappies! But smacking is not a tool to use constantly with him as he is not rlleay bothered by it.I would like to think that by being firm from early on I will not need to smack much in the future. He learns that to consistantly disobey mummy has consequences.I am trying to remember what I did when he was younger. It was a case of constant removal of an item(or the child) from a situation most of the time and called for a lot of patience. To smack because you cannot be bothered to try another form of discipline is not right imho. Sometimes a raised voice is enough. As parents though we rlleay have to decide on our ground rules and stick to them. I personally think that constantly shouting at a child is more damaging emotionally than a few moderate smacks.I once read this example: LIttle childe comes running accross the recently cleaned kitchen floor in dirty boots, holding a flower he has found for his mother. Mother gets rlleay angry and shouts at/punishes the child. What does the child learn? If the child had not been warned not to come in with dirty shoes or did not know that the floor had just been cleaned then all he learns is not to take nice things to mummy. A bit off the track of smacking' but I hope the illustration is clear- we must know why we do what we do as parents and set simple rules.Our one rule for our son is this- obey mummy and daddy. Consequently it is quite clear cut when behaviour is outright rebellion and may need a smack as correction.I probably tread a middle ground. If my second child (only4 months) is different from his brother then I may find I don't need to smack, and certainly won't do it for the sake of it or because I believe that scripture says I have to. OK, long ramble over ..except to say that being so tired with two I am constantly having to re-evaluate my discipline decisions as I do not want to look back in years to see that I did what I did out of frustration and tiredness.
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spanking does not hurt a child you tell them why they are getting a spanking and not to do what ever they did again
I made the mistake of not spanking my child because my mother beat me with whatever she had handy. So, I vowed not to do that to my daughter. I didn't spank her at all and she dropped out of school got into herion and stole from me. If I had it to do all over again she would have been spanked.
spanking is necessary in certain circumstances - not for all times. it is not done in anger or with an object or continuous hits. you then need to speak to the child and affirm your love and explain why they were spanked. it should be done for disrespect and defiance and never fopr something the child does not understand due to age aor immaturity
There is a difference between spanking/swating a child and beating a child. I believe that if you have spoken to your child about their actions and they still act out, yes it is ok to spank them.
Government does NOT need to stick their noses into how we choose to raise our children!!!!! Be it wrong or right, we have a right to choose how to raise our children, and if that involves spanking, then the government should not be able to control that. What are they going to do, throw the parents in jail. Probably. Dumb!
I believe spanking should be very very limited by parents.
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on Friday, September 7, 2012 @ 2:30:59 AM (#7988
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How absurd this is to suggest IQ is affected by a tool of dicipline. Please, IQ is affected by so many things.
When I spank I always explain why I am spanking. I only spank when the child could hurt themselves or others. I also hug my children after I spank to let them know they are loved.
An occasional spaning doesn't hurt a child. Sometimes, simply placing a hand on the child will correct the behavior. Beating a child while angry is another matter altogether. That will cause a child to become more aggressive.
I was spanked as a child and I believe in spanking my child there is nothing wrong with this form of discipline.