Controversy: The Effects Of Corporal Punishment On Children

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One global subject of controversy is the use of corporal punishment – punishment inflicted on a child’s body by an adult in authority (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2005). Although it is a global topic of debate, many cultures find their citizens disagreeing among themselves. In a 2016 study, Anthony Ngo examined the effects of parents using corporal punishment. The 2016 sample consisted of 100 Chinese families that immigrated to the United States, and it was found that over 80% of them used corporal punishment and thought it was a fair way of disciplining their child. As for why they were using corporal punishment, many parents cited the feeling of stress as immigrants, changes in social status, and a lack of language proficiency as contributing…show more content…
A 2015 study found that in countries where corporal punishment is legal, it is used at a rate 1.7 times higher than in countries where it is illegal (DuRivage et al., 2015). The European study looked at six different countries – Bulgaria, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania, and Turkey – and corporal punishment was only legal in two of these countries (Lithuania and Turkey). School-aged children from 6 years to 11 years (total of 4,957 children) were reviewed in another sequential design study. In this study, questions were given to both the parents and the children about their relationships, how frequent the spankings were, and whether or not they were justified/deserving. Mental health was assessed before the study, as well as after. Majority of the parents across all six countries who reported using corporal punishment were relatively young (under 40), less educated, and less likely to have professional jobs (DuRivage et al., 2015). The use of corporal punishment in Europe, whether frequent or not, was found to be negatively associated with the children’s mental health, and researchers concluded that corporal punishment was not effective in…show more content…
These mothers had children that ranged in age between 8-12. This study looked at only the children and mothers, along with mother’s attitude towards punitive parenting. Researchers found that 15.3% of parents from both backgrounds approved of some sort of physical punishment (spank, smack, or a swat); meanwhile, 1 out of every 10 mothers endorsed using either a paddle, brush, or a belt. Once again, most of the mother’s were uneducated, and unemployed. A 15% approval rate is fairly low when compared to other places around the world. Corporal punishment is legal in 19 states in the United States, and receives over a 50% approval rate across the country (Crandall, 2016). Researchers found that this may indicate that some mothers are proponents of corporal punishment, but have feelings of guilt, and regret upon reflection. Palestinian and Israeli mothers were also found to communicate with their children before and afterwards; telling their children why they were being spanked, and telling them what to do to ensure it will not happen again. Mental health was not studied in this test, but children reported a stronger bond between them and their parents, when in their opinions, the spankings were
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