Child Abuse Many Parents Believe Term Paper

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These findings are consistent with those reported in studies of children older than 2 years but extend these findings to children who are spanked beginning at a relatively early age (Wissow Pp).

In the January 2002 issue of "Journal of Counseling and Development," Lisa Fontes states that Latino parents who engage in harsh physical discipline need help, however, they are far from homogeneous and their needs vary (Fontes Pp). She believes that many are "loving and devoted parents who practice traditional forms of child rearing that may include an authoritarian style and harsh corporal punishment, side by side with high levels of intimacy and support" (Fontes Pp). Fontes states that some Latino parents are often "incorrectly accused of abusing or neglecting their children because non-Latino professionals are puzzled by their unfamiliar yet harmless practices" (Fontes Pp). While other Latino parents, like parents from other groups, punish their children in ways that might be considered abusive in any culture (Fontes Pp). Compared to non-Hispanic whites, Hispanic parents are generally "younger, less educated, employed at lower paying jobs, and financially poorer," all conditions that place their children at greater risk for "negative social, health, and developmental outcomes, including child abuse" (Fontes Pp).

In the October 1996 issue of 'Pediatrics," Murray Straus reported that one study that examined eight nonviolent societies found that none of them spanked their children (Straus Pp). Another study of ten European countries found that homicide rates were higher in countries that approved of corporal punishment, while other studies have shown links between corporal punishment, delinquency, anger, spousal abuse, depression, and adult crime (Straus Pp). There is a link between the behavior involved in corporal punishment and the behavior involved in criminal assaults: "almost all assaults by adults and about two thirds of homicides are also carried out to correct what the offender perceives as misbehavior" (Straus Pp).

Works Cited

Straus, Murray a. "Spanking and the making of a violent society." Pediatrics;

10/1/1996; Pp.

Fontes, Lisa Aronson. "Child discipline and physical abuse in immigrant Latino families: reducing violence and misunderstandings."

Journal of Counseling and Development; 1/1/2002; Pp.

Wissow, Lawrence S. "Spanking in early childhood and later behavior problems:

prospective study of infants and young toddlers." Pediatrics; 5/1/2004;

Pp.

Grogan-Kaylor, Andrew. "The effect of corporal…

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Works Cited

Straus, Murray a. "Spanking and the making of a violent society." Pediatrics;

10/1/1996; Pp.

Fontes, Lisa Aronson. "Child discipline and physical abuse in immigrant Latino families: reducing violence and misunderstandings."

Journal of Counseling and Development; 1/1/2002; Pp.

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