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Volume16
Year2007
TitleCorporal Punishment and Rules of Reason
Author(s)Trish Hodny
First Page111
AbstractWhat's wrong with a little spanking? I was spanked, you were spanked, weren't most all of us spanked now and again as children? I used to be comfortable with the idea that spanking-open hand on the clothed behind of a child-was an acceptable form of discipline. In researching this topic, however, I quickly discovered that my concept of spanking was called "corporal punishment" by child-rearing experts and legal scholars alike; and my discovery forced me to rethink my position. The idea that "corporal punishment"-"the use of physical force with the intention of causing a child to experience pain, but not injury, for the purpose of correction or control of the child's behavior"-was a tolerated form of parental discipline has never sat quite right with me.