SOURCE: MST Services, Inc.

November 20, 2014 08:00 ET

In Celebration of Universal Children's Day, MST Services Releases an Infographic on Corporal Punishment

80 Percent of Preschool Children Are Spanked in the U.S., and Using Physical Force to Discipline Children Is Legal in All 50 States

CHARLESTON, SC--(Marketwired - November 20, 2014) - On the 60th anniversary of Universal Children's Day, MST Services, an organization dedicated to expanding the use of evidence-based treatment models that help children and families live productive lives, has released an infographic, "Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child," that looks at the issue of corporal punishment. 

The infographic covers such topics as how many states allow corporal punishment in schools. Who is more likely to strike a child? The grey line between physical abuse and physical discipline. What do studies on corporal punishment show as to its effectiveness and long-term deleterious outcomes? And quite telling is that 93 percent of parents justify spanking while at the same time, 85 percent say they would prefer not to if there was an alternative way which they believed would work.

A parent beating a child blazed over the headlines recently when Minnesota Viking football star Adrian Peterson was accused -- and later admitted to -- beating his four-year-old son with a wooden switch because the boy had misbehaved. The reaction zoomed from one side of the spectrum to the other. Some demanded the Pro Bowler be sent to prison. Others dismissed it as a parent's right to discipline a child.

Ending violence against children -- including corporal punishment -- is an objective of the United Nations and Multisystemic Therapy (MST). MST has many treatment models, including MST-CAN, which focuses on child abuse and neglect.

Keller Strother, president of MST Services, explains, "As an organization our mission is to help break a cycle of harmful behavior and help keep children together with their families leading productive lives. Whether we are treating juvenile offenders or helping caregivers learn to more positively parent their children, we turn to science for guidance on which treatment models work. Today, we are using science to shine a spotlight on an issue that impacts so many children. Although spanking may not always cross the line to abuse, it seemed appropriate on Universal Children's Day to release this infographic."

About MST
Multisystemic Therapy is an intensive family- and community-based treatment program that focuses on addressing all environmental systems that impact chronic and violent juvenile offenders-their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends.

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To download the infographic, click here.

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