Beating the Devil Out of Them Corporal Punishment in American Families

ISBN-10: 0029317304
ISBN-13: 9780029317303
Edition: 1994
Description: The author suggests that spanking children is a form of violence and that such treatment not only adversely affects the children who experience it, but society as a whole.
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Copyright Year: 1994
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 297
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

The author suggests that spanking children is a form of violence and that such treatment not only adversely affects the children who experience it, but society as a whole.

Preface
Acknowledgments
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
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
Who Spanks the Most?p. 49
Cultural Norms and Attitudesp. 51
The Age and Sex of the Childp. 54
Parents and Family Characteristicsp. 54
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
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
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
Alienation and Reduced Incomep. 137
Corporal Punishment and Achievementp. 140
Alienationp. 142
Ten Myths That Perpetuate Corporal Punishmentp. 149
Myth 1: Spanking Works Betterp. 149
Myth 2: Spanking Is Needed as a Last Resortp. 152
Myth 3: Spanking Is Harmlessp. 152
Myth 4: One or Two Times Won't Cause Any Damagep. 155
Myth 5: Parents Can't Stop Without Helpp. 155
Myth 6: If You Don't Spank, Your Children Will Be Spoiled or Run Wildp. 157
Myth 7: Parents Spank Rarely or Only for Serious Problemsp. 160
Myth 8: By the Time a Child Is a Teenager, Parents Have Stoppedp. 160
Myth 9: If Parents Don't Spank, They Will Verbally Abuse Their Childp. 161
Myth 10: 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. 165
Corporal Punishment in Historical Perspectivep. 169
A Moral Passagep. 170
Social Changes Underlying the Moral Passagep. 173
Lessons from the Swedish No-Spanking Lawp. 179
Obstacles to Ending Corporal Punishmentp. 182
A Society Without Corporal Punishmentp. 186
App. A. A Theoretical Modelp. 189
App. B. Samples and Measures of Corporal Punishmentp. 199
App. C. Statistical Methods and Measuresp. 217
App. D. Books on Child Abuse Searched for Discussions of Corporal Punishmentp. 255
Notesp. 261
Referencesp. 267
Indexp. 285
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