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Is it legal for a parent to slap his child in the u.S.?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes but
Each culture defines what its usual forms of acceptable parenting include.
Within the American culture, you may be carted off to jail for child endangerment if your neighbor reports this kind of "parenting". Less so if you slapped the kids rear end, but you cross the wrong taboo here and you will need a lawyer.

In brief: Yes but
Each culture defines what its usual forms of acceptable parenting include.
Within the American culture, you may be carted off to jail for child endangerment if your neighbor reports this kind of "parenting". Less so if you slapped the kids rear end, but you cross the wrong taboo here and you will need a lawyer.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Yes.

In brief: Yes
Yes.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
In brief: Slapping a child is
reportable as child abuse, especially if it leaves hand-prints or bruises, or the child is slapped on areas of the body other than the buttocks.
Physical punishment is ineffective discipline that teaches physical aggression is okay, A fearful, anxious, angry child has high risk of life-long learning, behavioral & emotional disorders. Parenting classes, family & individual therapy are needed STAT.

In brief: Slapping a child is
reportable as child abuse, especially if it leaves hand-prints or bruises, or the child is slapped on areas of the body other than the buttocks.
Physical punishment is ineffective discipline that teaches physical aggression is okay, A fearful, anxious, angry child has high risk of life-long learning, behavioral & emotional disorders. Parenting classes, family & individual therapy are needed STAT.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
In brief: Yes, should be rare
Physical punishment is a great way to induce fear but not the best means to discipline a child.
Most who study this issue feel that verbal control is the best and physical intervention such as slaps, spankings, etc. Should only be restricted to prevent activities which endanger the child - thus only for extreme situations only.

In brief: Yes, should be rare
Physical punishment is a great way to induce fear but not the best means to discipline a child.
Most who study this issue feel that verbal control is the best and physical intervention such as slaps, spankings, etc. Should only be restricted to prevent activities which endanger the child - thus only for extreme situations only.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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