Striking Innocents! (Formerly The Affects of Corporal Punishment) Annotated bibliography entries 5-8

Wikipedia Contributors. “John Rosemond.” Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 17 Feb. 2018. Web. 20 Feb. 2018

     Wikipedia’s entry on John Rosemond provides basic information on the author of the original opinion article and his credentials.  It lists him as a 70-year-old American residing in North Carolina who obtained a master’s degree in community psychology in 1971.  Wikipedia describes him as “An American columnist, public speaker, and author on parenting” who has written 15 books on parenting and writes a column that has been syndicated in 225 newspapers.  Rosemond was a practicing family psychologist from 1980-1990.  He currently hosts a radio show entitled “Because I said so!” which airs on American Family Radio networks on Saturdays at 5:00pm.  Rosemond’s Wikipedia page states that he has received criticism for his recommendations on toilet training and spanking because they contradict other parenting expert’s recommendations.  The page also states that in the late 1980’s the North Carolina Psychology Board took action against him for one of his columns and provides links to news articles relating to the court cases against him.  I have chosen to use the popular source of John Rosemond’s Wikipedia page because it provides his basic information and an up to date accounting of his accomplishments and activities.  It also provides links to Rosemond’s podcast, controversial columns he has written and information on actions taken against him by psychology boards.

Rosemond John “Spanking and The Biblical Rod.” Because I Said So! From American Family Radio, 15 February 2018,

     In the February 10, 2018 episode of John Rosemond’s radio show “Because I Said So!”, Rosemond speaks directly to the issue of corporal punishment. The episode entitled “Spanking and The Biblical Rod” begins with Rosemond outlining what he feels are the two extremes regarding the subject of spanking. He then lays out his interpretation of the scriptures instructions to parents regarding the use of “the rod” when disciplining children.  After citing the various Biblical passages in which “The Rod” is mentioned, Rosemond arrives at the conclusion that the Biblical Rod is metaphorical and represents discipline itself. Rosemond clarifies that although “The Rod” mentioned in the Bible is metaphorical, he does not condemn corporal punishment as a tool of discipline and lists a variety of circumstances in which he believes children should be hit by an adult.  In his radio show Rosemond condemns his fellow psychologists claiming that “psychology has caused more problems than it has solved for American parents”.  I have chosen to include this primary source of information because John Rosemond’s podcast “Spanking and the Biblical Rod” clearly outlines the columnists opinions on corporal punishment.  It also gives my audience the opportunity to hear Rosemond’s opinions in his own words and allows Rosemond himself to list the resources from which his opinions are derived.




Department of Justice Canada. Child Abuse: A Fact Sheet from the Department of Justice Canada Accessed 17 February 2018

     The Child abuse fact sheet published by the Department of Justice Canada provides a summarized account of what Canadian law considers to be child abuse, what factors are believed to contribute to child abuse and how widespread the problem of child abuse is within Canada. This government source examines the four main categories of child abuse: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect; providing the reader with statistical analysis on each category. The fact sheet then examines what factors contribute to child abuse and what consequences child abuse levies upon our society. The fact sheet ends with some suggestions for preventing and responding to child abuse. For my podcast on corporal punishment I will be concentrating on the information provided regarding physical and emotional abuse. I have chosen to include this source because it speaks directly to the issues of how widespread a problem child abuse has become and the various impacts that child abuse has upon our society.  The Department of Justice’s fact sheet derives most of its findings from a 1998 Canadian incidence study of reported child abuse.  Although the study is somewhat dated (20 years old) no more recent study of the Canadian government exists that speaks directly to all of these same issues. The fact that the study is so dated will allow an examination into whether or not the Canadian government has implemented any of its own recommendations over the last 20 years.

JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH Legal Rights Wiki, Child Discipline, Child Protection and Child Custody,2013, Accessed 18 February 2018

     The Justice for children and youth organization has created an online publication which provides information about the legal rights of children and youth in Ontario. Although the publication covers a broad range of issues such as youth criminal Justice, education, mental health and discrimination, it also speaks directly to the issue of corporal punishment. While using a vocabulary that is easy enough for a child to understand, the publication explains why Canadian law allows a parent or guardian to dispense punishments upon a child that would otherwise be considered assault. The publication also clearly differentiates between what is considered to be an acceptable level of violence to be used upon a child and what is considered abuse.  I have chosen this popular source to be included in my research because it clearly separates legal corporal punishment from illegal forms of physical abuse. In elucidating the rights of children in this country, the publication answers questions such as: who can legally hit a child, under what circumstances a child may be struck, what is considered reasonable force and whether or not the laws regarding corporal punishment will ever change?  The publication also makes reference to the specific section of the criminal code that allows for corporal punishment as well as a recent ruling by the United Nations committee on the rights of the Child which provides additional avenues of research to explore.