IFAS | Freedom Writer | September/October 1997 | focus.html

Focus on spanking

Colorado Springs, CO In a faxed bulletin to thousands of pastors, Focus on the Family faulted a recent study that found ending the practice of spanking would reduce the national level of violence. The study was released by Murray Straus, a sociologist at the University of New Hampshire. He stated that when parents use corporal punishment to reduce antisocial behavior, the long-term effect tends to be the opposite, causing children to lie, cheat, an d disobey. It also sends the message that violence is an acceptable way to solve disputes. Focus on the Family claims the study was severely flawed. The group said "at least eight previous studies have concluded spanking is actually beneficial when used in proper balance."

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