I had responded to a Beyond PR query this week in which two families were being sought out to participate in a 20th Century Fox / Fox News segment on spanking: one family was to be in favor of spanking and the other against. I had hoped to represent the side of “no spanking.” I didn’t hear back, however, regarding the segment.
Nonetheless, I was intrigued to discover current sources of information regarding using spanking as a form of discipline. I found this February ’08 article on foxnews.com: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-02-27-spanking_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip
I have to say, I’m not exactly surprised about the conclusion cited in this article, that children who are spanked have a greater likelihood of developing risky sexual behaviors and other dysfunctional attitudes toward intimacy. One quote in the article I found particularly interesting is as follows:
“…[children who have been spanked...] may internalize that to mean that in loving relationships sometimes there’s pain or physical aggression,” she says. Another possible lesson is that “whoever is stronger and has more power can overpower the other person and use physical aggression to control the other person’s behavior.”
To read more about how children who have experienced corporal punishment have an increased probability of coercing sex, risky sex or masochistic sex behaviors…read the whole article: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-02-27-spanking_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip