A survey of parents in the United States finds that Asian American parents are the least likely to spank their kids, according to an article by Jennifer Lee in Society Pages.
The sociologist from the University of California Irvine says that just 12 percent of Asian American and Pacific Islander women surveyed and 47 percent of men agree it is sometimes necessary to give a child “a good hard spanking.”
Compare that to other ethnic groups:
- 64% of white women and 78% of white men think a good hard spanking is sometimes necessary.
- 74% of black women and 90% of black men think a good hard spanking is sometimes necessary.
- 76% of Hispanic women and 72% of Hispanic men think a good hard spanking is sometimes necessary
- 64% of Native American/Alaskan Native women and 86% of men think a good hard spanking is sometimes necessary.
The reason why Asian Americans are least likely to think a good hard spanking is necessary may be related more to education than cultural norms, according to Lee. Due to selective immigration, Asian Americans are more educated than other ethnic groups. In general, more educated middle class Americans are less likely to use corporal punishment.
Lee and fellow researcher Min Zhou interviewed adult children of Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants.
You can read about what she learned from those interviews in Society Pages.
(This post has been updated to correct an error in the statistics for Native Americans)