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19 July 2013 @ 09:04 am
Spanking-crime correlation

Thanx to andrewducker
jinian on July 19th, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
I'm not convinced this is causative, though I think it's more than Pirates vs. Global Average Temperature. That article even mentions that religion is also associated, and I'm pretty sure (though no evidence on tap) that lower income levels are strongly correlated with both spanking and crime. I think there's a whole cultural complex here that's gross. It's certainly possible that outlawing spanking would dilute its power to propagate through generations, though, which would be great.
Johnjohnpalmer on July 19th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's the smacks on the bottom that cause it, but I do think that there's probably common cause.

If spanking is the primary punishment, and punishment is doled out for any form of misbehavior, then there's a clear message that wrongdoing means you must suffer, and might also have a kind of "might makes right" effect - the person who can spank is the person who is right.

On the other hand, if the penalty for making a mess at snack time is having to clean (part of) the kitchen, but a thrown piece of bread and peanut butter earns a spanking, there's maybe going to be a sense of "you must take responsibility for your actions, and, oh, yeah, don't push your luck with parents!"
Carol Kennedycakmpls on July 19th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
There has also been a decline in violent crime in the U.S., and I'll bet there has been a decline in spanking, too. Correlation, of course, is not causation.