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Is spanking child abuse?

Spanking has largely fallen out of favor among parents, but some still swear by it. Proponents of spanking say children need discipline to grow up to be well-adjusted adults and spanking should be an available tool for parents. Critics say spanking is cruel, ineffective, and akin to child abuse. Many child behavior specialists also cite evidence that spanking erodes trust with adults. No one wants to be physically assaulted. What do you think?

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Scientific consensus finds spanking causes long-term damage to a child over the course of his or her life. While the effects are not on the same level as full physical abuse, scientists found the socially accepted form of spanking to have negative effects. In fact, spanking often leads to outcomes that are the exact opposite parents want to avoid.

“Our analysis focuses on what most Americans would recognize as spanking and not on potentially abusive behaviors,” Gershoff said in the news release. “We found that spanking was associated with unintended detrimental outcomes, and was not associated with more immediate or long-term compliance, which are parents’ intended outcomes when they discipline their children.”
Added Grogan-Kaylor, “Spanking thus does the opposite of what parents usually want it to do.”
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Proponents of spanking say the method is a legitimate way to discipline children. Countless generations were spanked and the world didn't end. They believe spanking, when being used judiciously and clearly, can be an essential tool for parents to teach their children right from wrong.

For parents who do choose to spank, the proper philosophy and approach is extremely important. To begin with, as with all forms of correction, the concepts of punishment and discipline are absolute opposites. Punishment is motivated by anger, focuses on the past, and results in either compliance (due to fear) or rebellion and feelings of shame, guilt and/or hostility. On the other hand, discipline is motivated by love for the child, focuses on the future, and results in obedience and feelings of security.
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