July 8, 2002 |
The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly opposes striking a child--at any time, for any reason. Although spanking may temporarily relieve a parent's frustration or anger, and even though it may stop the undesirable behavior for a moment, the pediatricians' group does not consider it to be an effective way to discipline a child. Because it does not focus the child's attention on alternative behaviors, the undesirable one that provoked the spanking is likely to reoccur.
August 26, 2001 |
Occasional, mild spankings of young children are OK and do not cause any lasting harm that carries into adolescence, according to a study released Friday. Such discipline does not hurt youngsters' social or emotional development, the researchers reported. "A lot of people out there advocate that any spanking at all is detrimental, and that's not what we found," said study co-author Elizabeth Owens from the Institute of Human Development at UC Berkeley.
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March 21, 2000 |
It was considered a case of cruel and unusual punishment. A Mexican couple had used an ancient method to discipline their boy, passed down from 16th century Aztecs. They had held a hot chili over a flame, then put the sizzling pepper under their child's nose. The pungent smoke scorched his sinuses, choked his breathing and made his eyes water. The parents hailed from rural Mexico and spoke primarily Nahuatl, the Aztec language.
January 19, 2000 |
A flat-handed swat on the bottom would still be legal, but parents would be prohibited from whacking children with a cane, belt or any other instrument under a government proposal released Tuesday. Smacking a child on the head and boxing his ears also could become criminal offenses, with parents who did so subject to fines or jail sentences if the Health Department recommendations become law.
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July 31, 1999 |
A new study by Princeton sociologists reports that evangelical Christian families are far more progressive in action than the words of their leaders might suggest. "The Evangelical Family Paradox: Conservative Rhetoric, Progressive Practice," is the latest study in a research endeavor by W. Bradford Wilcox, a doctoral student at Princeton University, and John P. Bartkowski, a professor of sociology at Princeton.
January 27, 1999 |
After a debate that raised childhood memories, a City Council committee voted Tuesday to reject a proposal that would make Oakland the nation's first "no-spanking zone." The 2-1 vote by the Public Safety Committee reduced the likelihood that the full City Council would approve the idea pushed by retired college photography teacher Jordan Riak. Riak's proposal would carry no legal sanctions or punishment for adults who spank children.
January 24, 1999 |
Tired of hearing about punitive paddlings and bruised behinds, a retired college teacher is planning to urge the City Council this week to declare Oakland the nation's first "no-spanking zone." On Tuesday, Jordan Riak, 65, is scheduled to bring his proposed resolution before the council's public safety committee. The measure carries no legal sanctions or other punishment for adults who spank children, but it is intended as a symbolic gesture to raise public awareness.
June 25, 1998 |
Spare the rod and spoil the child.--Samuel Butler, 1663 I'm not advocating spanking, but I think it is less poisonous than lengthy disapproval.--Dr. Benjamin Spock, 1946 You can convince me that a good spanking does the child and the mother a lot of good. I've never doubted it. But I just don't like it.--Bruno Bettelheim, 1962 The swing away from discipline in the '40s and '50s has provided us with a discontented, angry generation . . .
February 28, 1998 |
Thousands of people watched while a teenage girl, shrouded in a head-to-toe veil, received 100 lashes for walking with a man who was not her relative. The Taliban religious army also publicly amputated the hands of two men convicted of stealing $500 from a shop. Their hands were later displayed to the crowd in the sports arena of Kabul, the capital. Over a loudspeaker a local Taliban leader warned: "This is the fate of anyone who steals."