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Attitudes about the corporal punishment of children.

Below are 22 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey.

DISO197N from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

When you were growing up and you were disobedient, how often did your parents slap or spank you? Would you say they slapped or spanked you almost always, most of the time, sometimes, rarely, or never? (DISO197N)
TOTAL%
1) Almost always83.6
2) Most of the time209.1
3) Sometimes6529.5
4) Rarely8739.5
5) Never3917.7
9) Refused10.5
Missing1,813 
TOTAL220100.0


CRE1797O from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

When your [children] misbehave, how often do you slap or spank (them/him/her)? Would you say you slap or spank them almost always, most of the time, sometimes, rarely, or never? (CRE1797O)
TOTAL%
2) Most of the time10.5
3) Sometimes5126.3
4) Rarely8543.8
5) Never5327.3
8) Dont know31.5
9) Refused10.5
Missing1,839 
TOTAL194100.0


KID697N from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

When your [children] misbehave(s), how often do you slap or spank (him/her/them)? Would you say you slap or spank (him/her/them) almost always, most of the time, sometimes, rarely, or never? (KID697N)
TOTAL%
3) Sometimes1124.4
4) Rarely1635.6
5) Never1635.6
8) Dont know24.4
Missing1,988 
TOTAL45100.0


GR197O from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Now we would like to ask you some questions about when you were growing up. When you were growing up and you were disobedient, how often did your parents slap or spank you? Would you say they slapped or spanked you almost always, most of the time, sometimes, rarely, or never? (GR197O)
TOTAL%
1) Almost always194.5
2) Most of the time5412.7
3) Sometimes15736.9
4) Rarely13932.6
5) Never5613.1
8) Dont know10.2
Missing1,607 
TOTAL426100.0


PARCORP from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

Q65a. How well do the following statements describe your parents? My parents often used corporal punishment (such as spanking) as a form of discipline (PARCORP)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all18611.7
2) Not very well26216.5
3) Somewhat well50331.7
4) Very well62039.1
8) Undecided161.0
Missing61 
TOTAL1,587100.0


CORPPUN from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

Q62d. If you have children, how well do the following statements describe your family? Our family does not believe in the use of corporal punishment (such as spanking) (CORPPUN)
TOTAL%
1) Not at all24638.6
2) Not very well13220.7
3) Somewhat well13821.7
4) Very well9214.4
8) Undecided294.6
Missing1,010 
TOTAL637100.0


SPNKNG_3 from General Social Survey Panel Data (2006 Sample)

Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree that it is sometimes necessary to discipline a child with a good, hard spanking? (SPANKING_3) (SPNKNG_3)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable1,16058.0
1) Strongly agree1979.9
2) Agree38419.2
3) Disagree1949.7
4) Strongly disagree572.9
8) Dont know60.3
9) No answer20.1
TOTAL2000100.0


SPNKNG_2 from General Social Survey Panel Data (2006 Sample)

Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree that it is sometimes necessary to discipline a child with a good, hard spanking? (SPANKING_2) (SPNKNG_2)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable99749.9
1) Strongly agree26813.4
2) Agree45122.6
3) Disagree21610.8
4) Strongly disagree613.1
8) Dont know50.3
9) No answer20.1
TOTAL2000100.0


SPANKING from General Social Survey, 2006

Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree that it is sometimes necessary to discipline a child with a good, hard spanking? (SPANKING)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree53226.7
2) Agree89344.8
3) Disagree40220.2
4) Strongly disagree1437.2
8) Dont know201.0
9) No answer20.1
TOTAL1992100.0


SPANK from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1993

When you were growing up, did your parents ever spank you for misbehaving? (SPANK)
TOTAL%
1) Yes77887.2
2) No10712.0
3) Dont know/No answer70.8
TOTAL892100.0


W19SPANK from State of Disunion Survey, 1996

Now I am going to read a list of things that some people consider to be morally wrong. For each item, please select the number that best indicates how wrong you, personally, think it is when people engage in that behavior. S. Spanking a child (W19SPANK)
TOTAL%
1) Wrong for all, and should not be legally tolerated1809.4
2) Wrong for all, but should be tolerated21811.4
3) Right for some, but not for me personally43322.6
4) Right for me, but not necessarily for others39320.5
5) Right for all39320.5
6) Not a moral issue29715.5
TOTAL1914100.0


SI10SPNK from State of Disunion Survey, 1996

Now I want you to consider a series of opinions on a variety of issues. Please consider the following statements and tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with each statement. J. It is sometimes necessary to discipline a child with a good hard spanking. (SI10SPNK)
TOTAL%
1) Completely agree37620.7
2) Mostly agree79643.8
3) Mostly disagree37320.5
4) Completely disagree18810.3
5) Dont know854.7
TOTAL1818100.0


AGRDISC3 from Taiwan Social Change Survey, 1985

To what extent do you agree with each of the following statements? There is a need for parents to practice corporal punishment on their children. (AGRDISC3)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree3127.4
2) Agree83519.9
3) Somewhat agree1,74241.5
4) Somewhat disagree71117.0
5) Disagree3017.2
6) Strongly disagree1804.3
7) No comment1132.7
TOTAL4194100.0


DISCIP2 from Faith and Family in America, 2005

Do you agree or disagree? It is sometimes necessary to discipline a child with a good hard spanking. (DISCIP2)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree41336.5
2) Somewhat agree31027.4
3) Somewhat disagree14813.1
4) Strongly disagree23620.9
5) Dont know/refused242.1
TOTAL1131100.0


SPANK from Endtime Family (Children of God), 1997

How much do you agree or disagree with each of the following - It is sometimes necessary to discipline a child with a good, hard spanking. (SPANK)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree17417.2
2) Agree63362.4
3) Neither agree nor disagree11211.0
4) Disagree616.0
5) Strongly disagree181.8
6) Cant choose161.6
TOTAL1014100.0


FTIMEHIT from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Father Component

How many times in the last year would you say you spanked, hit, slapped, or otherwise put a hand to your child? (FTIMEHIT)
TOTAL%
1) None1,51135.2
2) Once or twice1,41833.0
3) 3 to 5 times77518.1
4) 6 to 10 times3247.6
5) 11 or more times2636.1
TOTAL4291100.0


FSPANK from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Father Component

Imagine that you have set a 9:00 p.m. curfew for your child. As your child leaves the house one evening, you remind your child about the 9:00 time. Your child comes home at 10:30 and says he or she just forgot what time it was. How likely would you be to - Spank or slap him/her? (FSPANK)
TOTAL%
1) I definitely wouldnt do this.2,12449.7
2) I probably wouldnt do this.1,41533.1
3) Not sure42810.0
4) Id probably do this.2415.6
5) Id definitely do this.671.6
TOTAL4275100.0


MTIMEHIT from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Mother Component

How many times in the last year would you say you spanked, hit, slapped, or otherwise put a hand to your child? (MTIMEHIT)
TOTAL%
1) None1,67327.9
2) Once or twice1,97633.0
3) 3 to 5 times1,24920.8
4) 6 to 10 times62110.4
5) 11 or more times4747.9
TOTAL5993100.0


MSPANK from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Mother Component

Imagine that you have set a 9:00 p.m. curfew for your child. As your child leaves the house one evening, you remind your child about the 9:00 time. Your child comes home at 10:30 and says he or she just forgot what time it was. How likely would you be to - Spank or slap him/her? (MSPANK)
TOTAL%
1) I definitely wouldnt do this.3,63860.9
2) I probably wouldnt do this.1,63227.3
3) Not sure4247.1
4) Id probably do this.2163.6
5) Id definitely do this.611.0
TOTAL5971100.0


IVDISPLN from Presbyterian Panel Survey, Nov 1999 -- Interpersonal Violence, Clergy

People differ greatly in terms of their attitudes toward interpersonal violence. The following statement is about interpersonal violence. Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statement. - My faith tells me that parents have a right to physically discipline their children by spanking or whipping. (IVDISPLN)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree272.7
2) Agree21721.7
3) Disagree42542.4
4) Strongly disagree26726.6
5) Uncertain666.6
TOTAL1002100.0


IVDISPLN from Presbyterian Panel Survey, Nov 1999 -- Interpersonal Violence, Elders

People differ greatly in terms of their attitudes toward interpersonal violence. The following statement is about interpersonal violence. Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statement. - My faith tells me that parents have a right to physically discipline their children by spanking or whipping. (IVDISPLN)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree284.3
2) Agree22134.2
3) Disagree24638.0
4) Strongly disagree7711.9
5) Uncertain7511.6
TOTAL647100.0


IVDISPLN from Presbyterian Panel Survey, Nov 1999 -- Interpersonal Violence, Member

People differ greatly in terms of their attitudes toward interpersonal violence. The following statement is about interpersonal violence. Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statement. - My faith tells me that parents have a right to physically discipline their children by spanking or whipping. (IVDISPLN)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree213.8
2) Agree17732.2
3) Disagree21238.6
4) Strongly disagree6411.7
5) Uncertain7513.7
TOTAL549100.0




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