[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
May 1997

Attitudes of Academic Pediatricians With a Specific Interest in Child Abuse Toward the Spanking of Children-Reply

Author Affiliations

University of Alabama at Birmingham The Children's Hospital of Alabama 1600 Seventh Ave S, ACC 512 Birmingham, AL 35243
Chapel Hill, NC
Baltimore, Md

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1997;151(5):532. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1997.02170420101025

In his letter, Dr Fugazzotto raises 2 important concerns: that our article1 is oversimplified and biased.

We acknowledge that our scenarios are a simplification of a complex reality. Our scenarios are, however, richer and more detailed than those in previous quantitative articles on the subject. His comments raise an interesting methodological question. Will a quantitative or a qualitative approach provide a better understanding of professionals' beliefs regarding the importance of context in corporal punishment? We applaud his suggestion that a qualitative approach (asking respondents when spanking could be appropriate) would make an important contribution to our understanding of this issue. We see such an approach as complementary to the quantitative approach that we adopted in the current article. Both approaches acknowledge that context is important to disciplinary approaches. We have attempted to embed more details into scenarios to understand the role of context. In contrast, a qualitative