I posted not long ago about corporal punishment and how in can effect a childs mental health. Through some research that I did, and some comments in response to my post that I read, I began to notice a disturbing trend. As was posted on this board, boys are more likely to be victims of severe neglect and be placed in foster care. Through my research I also found that boys are usually raised in much stricter households than girls, commit suicide more than girls, drop out of school more than girls, are falling behind girls in school (especially in reading and writing), don't go to college as often as girls, are more likely to engage in violent behavior and do drugs than girls, and generally just live a more miserable existence than girls (from what I can see, please correct me if anyone has evidence to the opposite). Some responses to this information (particularly the info about violence, drugs, and educational failings) is that all the boys need is a firm hand from Dad, and that'll set'em straight. One person even stated that "None of these problems would be happening if they brought back beatings. The belt and the cane, thats all they need" which I view as overly simplistic and entirely wrong (on more than just practical levels, I disagree with physical punishment on a moral level as well). My question is: what the hell is going on? what do you guys think is the route of all of these problems? and, more importantly, how do you think we should solve them? I have a professional stake in this since I plan on working with kids after I receive my MSW (in what capacity I don't know, but I just work well with kids and I feel I can connect with them better than most) and these are issues I will have to deal with when I get out into the field.