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Eric Dunning Soc of the Family Prof Luxton 11800 The Question of Spanking Spanking a child is a controversial issue On one side of the debate are people who believe spanking is a necessary component of parenting On the contrary are people who think spanking a child is destructive Somewhere in the middle are people who believe spanking is legitimate only when used correctly Part of the reason for the debate is that some parents and experts define spanking differently To some spanking means slapping a child on the rear-end while others believe it is a form of corporal punishment that does not cause injury By showing how each perspective of spanking supports their claim and defining spanking one will be able to form an opinion In order to conclude an argument it is first necessary to define any vague or ambiguous terms Spanking is an unclear term in need of explanation To some spanking means to slap a child on the buttocks while others believe it is a mild form of corporal punishment that does not cause harm to the child The American Academy of Pediatrics AAP defines spanking as one or two flat-handed swats on a childs wrist or rear end Rosellini 52 The New American Webster Handy College Dictionary also agrees with the AAP when defining spanking as to strike with an open hand Spanking does not infer a sustained whipping from Dads belt but a mild form of corporal punishment that does not cause injury Spanking is alive and well today despite the anti-spanking prohibition In a poll sponsored by Working Mother and the Epcot Center at Walt Disney World in Florida 7225 adults and 2599 kids were surveyed Hickey 48 When asked When should parents spank their children 51 percent replied When they think its necessary 30 percent said Only in extreme circumstances and only ten percent answered NeverHickey 48 Twelve percent of young adults ages
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