We Must Stop Hitting Children!
Part 3 Hitting Children Is Very Common
by Kerby T. Alvy, Ph.D.
Several recent studies reveal that the majority of parents in the United States continue to physically punish their children.
Nearly two-thirds of parents of very young children (1- and 2-year-olds) reported using physical punishment.
By high school, 85 percent of adolescents report that they have been physically punished, with 51 percent reporting that they have been hit with a belt or similar object.
How about you?
Were you hit as a child?
Do you hit your kids?
We encourage and welcome your written comments at the end of this article.
The NEW Confident Parenting is a book that discusses many of the issues surrounding the use of physical punishment and offers an entire program for raising children without ever having to use physical punishment.
The Effective Black Parenting and Los Ninos Bien Educados parenting programs provide similar guidance from cultural perspectives on hitting children.