Attitudes about Spanking and Corporal Punishment

SOWK 300 Computer Applications in the Social Sciences Fall 2010 Samuel R. Morris TTH-02
Introduction
When raising a child discipline becomes a major factor between parents with each individual each individual parent, discipline methods vary. For decades across this nation, when one refers to discipline, they are referring to spanking or some form of corporal punishment. This project looked at various opinions of Tuskegee University Students’ opinions and attitudes towards spanking.

Bivariate Graph 1
Based on the data above, Tuskegee University Students’ attitudes about varies not only by classification but also by the proposed question. One interesting fact that caught my eye was the Sophomore classification. This classification reported the lowest percentage (78%) that agreed with spanking as an acceptable form of discipline and had the highest percentage (22%) that disagreed with spanking as an acceptable form of discipline. Univariate Graph 1 Univariate Graph2

Conclusion
The recorded data showed me that a lot of Freshman and Sophomore students agree more with spanking and corporal punishment than any other student classification across campus. Second, it also showed me that a lot of Freshman and Sophomore students also get in trouble with the authorities – which was very surprising to me. Moreover, looking at the data from a controlled point of view, these same Freshman and Sophomore students continued to produce some high percentage markings in favor of spanking and corporal punishment.

Hypothesis
In conducting this survey, I hope to find out some very interesting things from my findings. I predict that there will be a higher percentage of participation amongst Freshman and Sophomore students than any other classification at Tuskegee University. I also predict that Freshman and Sophomore students will agree more with spanking and corporal punishment than any other classification. I also predict that there will be more students who were in trouble with the police. Bivariate Graph 1 Multivariate Graph 1
Tuskegee University Students’ Attitudes towards Spanking and Corporal Punishment Respondent’s Classification controlled by Age Question: Do you think it is okay to spank children as a means of discipline?

Multivariate Graph 1
Within my findings, I just looked at the Freshman and Sophomore classifications within this question. Surprising, both classifications within the same age group (Under 21) responded that they would use spanking or corporal punishment under any circumstances. Freshman students reported 86.7% for “yes” and 13.3% for “no” and Sophomore students reported 87.5% for “yes” and 12.5% for “no”.

References
1. 2010 Survey of Tuskegee University Students’ Attitudes towards Spanking and Corporal Punishment

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