Corporal Punishment of Children Should be Banned Essay

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The term corporal punishment is defined as 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" ("A Report" 18). In America, parents' use of corporal punishment in homes have been defined legally by the states as “encompassing ‘reasonable’ force with some states adding qualifiers that it must also be ‘appropriate’ (AL, AK, AZ, CA, CC), ‘moderate’ (AR, DE, SC, SD), or ‘necessary’ (MT, NH, NY, OR, TX, WI). Three states see the need to clarify that corporal punishment is limited to ‘nondeadly force’ (AK, NY, TX)” (Gershoff, "Corporal" 540). Currently, over 90% of US families report having used corporal punishment as a means of…show more content…
In fact, most physical abuse cases result from parental attempts to punish or control the child, however it ends up producing physical harm of their children (Delaplane 43). The current statistics is quite disturbing. By high school, "85 percent of adolescents report that they have been physically punished [at home], with 51 percent reporting that they have been hit with a belt or similar object" (Gershoff 10). Also, according to the Institute for the Prevention of Child Abuse, it is reported "85% of all cases of physical abuse result from some form of over-discipline through the use of corporal punishment" (qtd. in Wegner 719). For example, conventional level of spanking may work for a while. But with parents' frequent use of spanking whenever the child misbehaves, parents may use harsher means to discipline their children "which can exceed the 'reasonable force' threshold and become abuse" (Robinson). This problem has now become more pressing and serious that the more corporal punishment someone experienced as an adolescent, the greater the likelihood of physically abusing his children as well as his wife later in life, which makes it a vicious circle (Straus and Kantor). Therefore, in the case of causing potential child abuse by physical beating, banning parental corporal punishment under all circumstances is an effective and necessary way to prevent physical abuse in America. In addition, parents' use of corporal punishment on their children
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