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November 5th, 2011
01:30 AM ET

Video: Science on spanking

Dr. Drew Pinsky and Po Bronson talk to Anderson Cooper about the science behind physically disciplining children.

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  1. Denise

    My suggestion is to use a true "expert" on child development, who has done research on spanking, Murray Strauss, PhD. Po Bronson seems like a nice gentleman, whose background in finance and writing is good for some things but he lacks an understanding of what research says and how it works. Still, from my perspective, hitting a child is unethical, even if "science" says it works. Parenting is a complex activity; it is both an art and a science. Children can be raised well without being hit, and as a society, we should not accept it. Unfortunately, we don't truly value children.

    November 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  2. Sarah

    I am new mother and do not plan to "spank" my child. I went through a parenting class before he was born. Before the class I thought it would be ok to spank on the hand to get a child to stop a behavior I thought inappropriate. Now that I have completed the class and pay attention to the news, I will never hit my child. It is harmful and creates a hostile environment in the home. Everywhere I go I see people hitting their children. I don’t talk to people anymore about the subject because even if they agree with the facts about spanking, they still plan and or do spank their children. I don’t want to shelter my child from the world; I want him to get everything he can out of it. I am just a mother and just projecting here, but do you think the bullying in school spans from parents spanking their children or worse? This all just makes me sick to my stomach.

    November 5, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  3. Patty

    Anderson has done a fantastic job here! She really needs support.

    She really brave to expose all that and break the cycle of abuse. Hope her father will apologizes to her and get help to manage his anger. Hope she will never get back into such abusive situation.

    Americans use bribing and time out as form of discipline . Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. But dysfunctional abusive situation does not help anyone! Hope something good comes out of this.

    November 5, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  4. Rob

    Love your kids with a belt hu? Sad excuse for a lack of fundamental understanding by the childs parents (opinion). I bet these people support the death penalty, endless un provoked war, torture and all of the other psychotic paradigms that we face. For what? Because the good book says its ok? I think that says it all. What ever happened to love thy brother as thy self. How do you develop a child to grow up to be a self directed / self actualized person when you constantly beat it out of them. Trauma is the single biggest componet to any psychological disassociation that people are victims of. When does the cycle end? Any person that thinks beating children into submittion is healthy as part of growth and development is toxic. I dont deny another mans right to raise their child as they see fit BUT you will never see me 'loving my kids with a belt." End of story.

    November 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm |