A Debate: Punishment is a Sustained Form of Modifying Behavior

1127 Words Jan 16th, 2018 5 Pages
Whether or not negative reinforcement works better than positive reinforcement can be discussed and further supported by current research (Gershoff, 2010). Punishment has gotten very negative publicity for the potential harmful effects that this form of learning has had on children. Most behavioral studies based on the idea of praising or knocking down punishment strategies have been done in children and a resounding agreement exists that punishment is actually more detrimental than good (Gershoff, 2010). Allowing individuals to undergo punishment as a result of their inadvisable behavior creates negative feelings, unproductive, and disengagement (Donnelly & Murray 2005).
Creating a system of just punishment as an attempt to modify behavior has actually proven to be unsuccessful on many occasions and in various types of situations. The definition of punishment itself is intended to bring displeasure to whomever is on the receiving end of this notion. However, punishment can range from physical maltreatment to psychological dismay (Donnelly & Murray 2005). Both of these subtypes have resulted in even more negative outcomes. Children who are punished because they did not listen to their parents are more likely to become resentful toward them and are more likely to rebel and partake in those same behaviors that were trying to be avoided in the first place (Stein, 2005).…
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