Corporal punishment is a very complex and controversial topic. It's hard to decide what is right and what is wrong when discussing how to discipline children. For those of you who are not familiar with the term corporal punishment it is the use of physical force with the intention of causing a child to experience pain, but not injury, for the purpose of correction or control of the child's behavior. I read a lot of definitions, but I think Murray Straus summed it up the best with that definition. Corporal punishment is sometimes called spanking. The more common types of corporal punishment are spanking, grabbing or shoving, and hitting a child with objects such as a hair brush, belt, or paddle (Straus, 4-5). In the following paragraphs such things as who uses corporal punishment, the short long term effects of corporal, and things to do instead of using corporal punishment will be discussed.
To my surprise many people do in fact use corporal punishment. Many people believe that when their child’s behavior gets out of control that the only way to restore order is to paddle the ones that are causing problems. In the Gallup Monthly Poll of 1000 randomly selected American parents, "Over half of the parents s
" According to Susan Smith, the lesson that is being taught to a child that is being hit is that hitting is a solution to solving problems(1). Take a deep breath and remember you are the adult. He adopted corporal punishment to answer parent"tms request of better discipline. If you were to talk to parents and children of earlier generations you wouldn't believe the number of parents who spanked their children. aid they administered minor physical punishment during the past year, while 22 percent said they use severe physical punishment. Handbook of Child Psychology, Vol 4: Socialization, Personality and Social Development. Most parents spank their children because they believe it was for their own good (Straus 3). Ironically, in order to garner sufficient votes to pass the child abuse laws, it was typically necessary to include a provision declaring that parents continued to have the right to use corporal punishment. One of the most fundamental ways in which cultural norms supporting corporal punishment are expressed is in the Criminal law on assault. Out of the seven or eight articles I read there was only one that mentioned corporal punishment as a positive reinforcement. These high prevalence rates and the high rates of approval of spanking may be interpreted as an indication that parents spank with little thought of possible side effects, such as later aggression and are learning to control this as time goes on (Daro 528). The Violent Home: A Study of PhysicalAggression Between Husbands and Wives. It teaches that aggression is the way to solve problems and that big people can bully little people" (Cain 121). Child, maternaland family characteristics associated with spanking.