Corporal Punishment In Children

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Corporal punishment in children is often defined as, “use of physical force with the intention of causing a child to experience pain, but not injury, for the purposes of correction or control of the child’s behavior” (Frechette, Zoratti, & Romano, 2015). I chose this topic because as a child growing up I would receive spankings, hit with a belt, and other forms of physical punishment. In my case it was never intended as physical abuse but to make sure what behavior I did was to not happen again. When I would receive this punishment from either of my parents I would often cry and be in emotional distress for the time period following the punishment. Even though I grew up without any negative long term psychological effects due to corporal punishment, …show more content…
Countries like Sweden, Germany, and Spain. In the United States corporal punishment is still considered legal with 67% of Americans admitting to spanking their child (Kish & Newcombe, 2015). Steps need to be taken to reduce this number. Corporal punishment on children can lead to both negative psychological and physical effects. This form of punishment is also used in attempt to correct unwanted behavior. Studies have shown that the use of corporal punishment in correcting behavior does not always work. These studies reported no relationship and a negative relationship. The values that were determined from these studies were D= -0.01 and D= -0.25 (Gershoff & Bitensky, 2007). Instead of physically punishing a child other methods must be used to correct unwanted behavior in children. Methods like speaking with a child and explaining to him/her should be used instead of spankings. If a parents reasoning behind hitting their child to correct a behavior this research show that this is incorrect thinking. Striking their child just becomes unnecessary and can lead to other negative …show more content…
The practice of spanking or hitting a child with an object because they are acting out is ineffective long term. While it may work at that moment in time the child learns not to fix the specific behavior but experiences pain. Studies around the world have shown that corporal punishment in children is both ineffective and harmful to their wellbeing. Kids who experience physical punishment are more likely to suffer from abuse, have behavioral problems, and accept this behavior as normal. Even though children who were spanked as a child experienced no harmful effects in their lives the same cannot be said for others. Corporal punishment In America needs to be heavily evaluated and laws surrounding this behavior need to be

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