Position Paper- Child Abuse and Discipline

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PARENTAL DISCIPLINE AND ABUSE Parental discipline and child abuse are among the most controversial topics currently, and they cause serious problems for children in the United States. Child abuse essentially focuses on the child’s bad behaviors and gives the child emotional and physical harms. Forms of abuse include spanking, hitting, saying negative things and corporal punishment. In fact, parental discipline is a much more appropriate way of dealing with negative behavior than using abusive actions on the child. The line between parental discipline and child abuse is not clear. However, child abuse can be defined as people following the wrong policies to teach their children why their actions are not appropriate and the …show more content…
The parents were investigated for child abuse”. There is an opposite approach for child abuse; taking children away from their homes is also a form of child abuse. In this situation, services or government should give a chance for immigrant parents to get acculturated. However, many parents have disciplinary ideas but immigrant parents who settled in the United States differ from mainstream American views. In the Chinese Culture, Chinese believes that I hit you because I love you. The harder I hit you, the more, I love you (Zhao). If people who internalize the western disciplinary culture try to approach from this point, it is impossible to accept the Chinese disciplinary practices. Already, Americans never think to discipline their child with Chinese disciplinary practices. On the other hand, many immigrant parents believe that American parents are too permissive and that children are disrespectful, but they don’t know using abusive actions on child can create much harmful behaviors and cause to they will be withdrawn and unsuccessful for their future life (Zhao). In America, the individual is the most important. Yilu Zhao states, “American society might consider the family’s discipline to be too strong, especially if the child is hurt physically or emotionally”. It is easy to see differences if people compare two children who disciplined culturally different. Consequently, cultural differences may act on people’s policies for parental discipline and

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