The Spanking Debate

The Spanking Debate

Listed below are links to articles addressing the debate over the use of disciplinary spanking.

Duke Law in its Law and Contemporary Problems (2010. vol. 72, no. 2) published a series of articles, Corporal Punishment of Children, by authors for and against the use of disciplinary spanking.

Larzelere/Straus Debate (June, 1999): A summary of Dr. Larzelere’s presentation in a debate with Straus about spanking. In this summary, Larzelere reports that the small detrimental child outcomes reported by Straus, Sugarman & Giles-Sims (1997) for 6- to 9-year-olds is not unique to spanking. A further analysis of the Straus, et al. data revealed that identical small detrimental child outcomes were also found for all four alternative disciplinary responses for 6- to 9-year-olds (grounding, sending the child to a room, removing privileges, and taking away an allowance). The debate was held at a conference of the National Foundation for Family Research and Education at Banff in Alberta, Canada.

Den Trumbull, MD has created a Summary of the Spanking Debate.

Here are links to articles attempting to address the debate: