July 2, 2012 |
A child who is spanked, slapped, grabbed or shoved as a form of punishment runs a higher risk of becoming an adult who suffers from a wide range of mental and personality disorders, even when that harsh physical punishment was occasional and when the child experienced no more extreme form of violence or abuse at the hands of a parent or caregiver, says a new study . Among adults who reported harsh physical punishment short of physical or...
August 14, 1989
Turkey, faced with a hunger strike by nearly 2,000 inmates protesting harsh prison rules, will abolish physical punishment in jails, Justice Minister Oltan Sungurlu said. "Physical punishments with disciplinary purpose such as chaining of prisoners, solitary confinement in dark cells and bread-and-water diets are being abolished," he told the semiofficial Anatolian News Agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1989
The two articles in the March 3 edition of The Times about elephants illustrate why these animals should not be kept in captivity. In the first article ("Bill Would Ban Zoo Elephant Rides, Limit Discipline"), we learn that disciplinary techniques have become so severe that it has become necessary to legislate controls and limits to what can be done to elephants. Kindness and good husbandry/management can never be legislated, it is dependent upon rapport with and understanding of the animal.
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.
July 25, 2012
Re "Spanking: a broader context," Column, July 21 Sandy Banks is correct that the scientific studies are just correlational and don't actually prove that spanking is harmful. But she omits important aspects of the debate. Spanking actually works as a means of suppressing behavior. Physical punishment is still the most powerful method for immediately suppressing undesirable behavior, which is why police and soldiers rely on it. With certain extreme behaviors - playing with matches or biting other children - spanking might still be the right intervention for some children.