Answers on Questions Regarding the Relationship between Violence and Child Development

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1) Till this day corporal punishment remains a widely used technique of discipline. It is a form of physical punishment which involves inflicting pain on another individual deliberately as a punishment for an offence, disciplining a wrongdoer or deterring a behavior which is considered to be unacceptable. Corporal punishment may occur in the homes, schools or judicial settings. (Donnelly & Murray, 2005) One of the greatest debates that are surrounding corporal punishment is whether it should be used or not while raising a child. Those who are against this form of punishment claim that it teaches children to become more aggressive and that studies have shown that spanking leads to negative behaviors in children including antisocial behaviors, moral internalization and inappropriate behavior. They argue that corporal punishment is demeaning and humiliating and leads to greater problems rather than solving smaller ones. (Stacks, Oshio, Gerard & Roe, 2009) Proponents believe it is a quick, cheap way to end undesired behavior and that despite what studies show it does not lead to more aggression. When opponents claim that corporal punishment leads to abuse, research in this area has not shown a strong link between the two so far. The fact is that though some use this form of punishment more severely than others it does not mean it should not be used at all. From the article it can be seen that it was the temperament of the infant that led to an aggressive behavior rather
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