Corporal Punishment 1

Corporal Punishment in Adolescence

Exercise #1 Corporal Punishment in Adolescence and Physical Assaults on Spouses in Later Life: What Accounts for the Link? SOWK 300 Nicole Dickerson Tuskegee University January 27, 2010

2 Article 1 Straus, M., & Yodanis, C. (1996). Corporal Punishment in Adolescence and Physical Assaults on Spouses in Later Life: What. Journal of Marriage and Family, 58(4), 825-841. Retrieved from

The link between corporal punishment in adolescence and physical violence on Spouses is not direct but in certain cases there seems to be a parallel. In this article data from 4,041 couples was collected and a disturbing trend was discovered. Adults who had experienced frequent corporal punishment as children were at greater risk for spousal assault. Of course this is not in all cases but it is in ample enough spousal assault cases to question whether or not corporal punishment is an effective discipline tool.

3 Article 2

Ellison, C., & Sherkat, D. (1993). Conservative Protestantism and Support for Corporal Punishment. American Sociological Review, 58(1), 131-144. Retrieved from

Data suggests that conservative Protestants use corporal punishment as a mean of discipline for their children than other religious denominations. The main reason for this is interpretations of certain Biblical scriptures that suggest corporal punishment as a welcomed first option for discipline. Conventional secular and non-secular belief is one of “healthy” child rearing practices. Practices that develop self-esteem and get children ready to enter more of a democratic adult world than an authoritarian one. Conservative Protestants have more of a subordinate/super ordinate parenting style, the adults being the authoritative figure while the children are the subordinates. This parenting style of course goes directly back to Biblical scriptures. Many would say a mix of the two parenting styles would be a much better alternative.


Article 3

Mangasarian, M. M. (1984). The Punishment of Children. International Journal of Ethics, 4(4), 493-498. Retrieved from

This article in agreement with capital punishment, however the author insists on the “right” way to do it. Children should be punished, there should be some sort of hierarchy within the home and family structure. However, punishment of one’s children without some sense of lesson or right and wrong being taught is counteractive. The problem with the punishment is that is too authoritarian and not parental. Parents still have to be parents as well as firm disciplinarians.


Article 4

Salt, H. (1905). The Ethics of Corporal Punishment. International Journal of Ethics, 16(1), 7788. Retrieved from

The main theme is if corporal punishment is a deterrent from wrong doing. Or are there better Ways of deterring deemed wrong acts. Being that we live in a so-called “civilized” society should such an uncivilized form of punishment be permitted? Are the origins of corporal punishment a bit antiquated and therefore is abolishment of this a welcomed change.


Article 5

Simons, R., Lin, K., Gordon, L., Brody, G., & Conger, R. (2002). Community Differences in the Association between Parenting Practices and Child Conduct. Journal of Marriage and Family, 64(2), 331-345. Retrieved from

This article focuses on the environment and where the family is located as a factor for corporal punishment. If certain parenting strategies work more effectively than others in different communities. For example if deviant behavior is wide spread corporal punishment seems to be more accepted and administered. At the other end of the spectrum children who live in “conventional” communities may not be as prone to high risk behaviors. Therefore, corporal punishment may not be deemed as necessary.

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