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Originally posted by caladonea
reply to post by Htrowklis82
Wow! Is it just me or does it seem like a lot more of this is going on lately....I feel very sad that people get this upset and out of control. Sometimes I think events like this happen when people hold a lot of emotions inside too long and/or they didn't get help when they really needed to.
I feel badly for the children...losing their father like that....it is fortunate they were not home when he killed himself....they did not have to witness such a horrible event.
It seems like every other day I am reading about parents turning on their children in anger and harming or killing them....and also children turning on their parents harming or killing them too. Today I was looking for another story...when I came across a story about 3 brothers that killed their mother because she wanted to play a game of yahtzee with them. Now I ask you...does that make any sense?
I am very, very worried about the direction a portion of society is headed...such hate and violence. It is very frightening to me.
Those who were physically disciplined performed better than those who weren’t, in a whole series of categories, including school grades, an optimistic outlook on life, the willingness to perform volunteer work, and the ambition to attend college, Gunnoe found. And they performed no worse than those who weren’t spanked in areas like early sexual activity, getting into fights, and becoming depressed. She found little difference between the sexes or races.
Another study published in the Akron Law Review last year examined criminal records and found that children raised where a legal ban on parental corporal punishment is in effect are much more likely to be involved in crime.
A key focus of the work of Jason M. Fuller of the University of Akron Law School was Sweden, which 30 years ago became the first nation to impose a complete ban on physical discipline and is in many respects “an ideal laboratory to study spanking bans,” according to Fuller.
Since the spanking ban, child abuse rates in Sweden have exploded over 500 percent, according to police reports. Even just one year after the ban took effect, and after a massive government public education campaign, Fuller found that “not only were Swedish parents resorting to pushing, grabbing, and shoving more than U.S. parents, but they were also beating their children twice as often.”
After a decade of the ban, “rates of physical child abuse in Sweden had risen to three times the U.S. rate” and “from 1979 to 1994, Swedish children under seven endured an almost six-fold increase in physical abuse,” Fuller’s analysis revealed.