American College of Pediatricians Questions Validity of Spanking Study

Mar 04, 2008, 00:00 ET from American College of Pediatricians

    GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American
 College of Pediatricians challenges the results of a negatively biased
 report on the effects of spanking recently released by Murray Straus, a
 leading opponent of the use of disciplinary spanking. His claim that
 spanking is linked to sexual problems in teens and adults is premature and
 unfounded. In fact, the study did not limit its investigation to the common
 use of ordinary spanking by loving parents with preschool children, but
 once again included the irresponsible use of abusive forms of corporal
 punishment with "children 13 years and older." As a practice, Straus
 discovers detrimental results by including in his research unreasonable
 practices of physical punishment by irrational parents used with children
 at inappropriately older ages.
 
 
 
     The American College of Pediatricians challenges anti-spanking
 researchers, such as Murray Straus, to produce responsible work that
 carefully defines the method and context of spanking being studied, that
 excludes abusive forms physical punishment, and that avoids focusing on
 teenaged children, where such punishment should never be used.
 
 
 
     In its review of the spanking research, the American College of
 Pediatricians found that discipline spanking by parents, when properly
 used, can be an effective component in an overall discipline plan for
 children. Details of this review can be found at the College website:
 http://www.ACPeds.org.
 
 
 
 
 
     The American College of Pediatricians is a national medical association
 of licensed physicians and healthcare professionals who specialize in the
 care of infants, children, and adolescents. The mission of the College is
 "to enable all children to reach their optimal, physical and emotional
 health and well-being." We promote "a society where all children from the
 moment of their conception are valued unselfishly." The College further
 notes, "that children are the future of our nation and society."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SOURCE American College of Pediatricians
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American
 College of Pediatricians challenges the results of a negatively biased
 report on the effects of spanking recently released by Murray Straus, a
 leading opponent of the use of disciplinary spanking. His claim that
 spanking is linked to sexual problems in teens and adults is premature and
 unfounded. In fact, the study did not limit its investigation to the common
 use of ordinary spanking by loving parents with preschool children, but
 once again included the irresponsible use of abusive forms of corporal
 punishment with "children 13 years and older." As a practice, Straus
 discovers detrimental results by including in his research unreasonable
 practices of physical punishment by irrational parents used with children
 at inappropriately older ages.
 
 
 
     The American College of Pediatricians challenges anti-spanking
 researchers, such as Murray Straus, to produce responsible work that
 carefully defines the method and context of spanking being studied, that
 excludes abusive forms physical punishment, and that avoids focusing on
 teenaged children, where such punishment should never be used.
 
 
 
     In its review of the spanking research, the American College of
 Pediatricians found that discipline spanking by parents, when properly
 used, can be an effective component in an overall discipline plan for
 children. Details of this review can be found at the College website:
 http://www.ACPeds.org.
 
 
 
 
 
     The American College of Pediatricians is a national medical association
 of licensed physicians and healthcare professionals who specialize in the
 care of infants, children, and adolescents. The mission of the College is
 "to enable all children to reach their optimal, physical and emotional
 health and well-being." We promote "a society where all children from the
 moment of their conception are valued unselfishly." The College further
 notes, "that children are the future of our nation and society."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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