Is It Child Abuse Or Discipline?

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Is It Child Abuse or Discipline? Child abuse viewed in the form of discipline is a growing epidemic that affects both the child in the present and can also damage them emotionally or physically in the future. The line between child abuse and discipline may seem obvious to most people, but where is the line actually drawn? Child abuse is anything that emotionally or physically endangers/impairs a child’s well-being, whereas discipline is correcting a behavior in a manner that helps the child’s growth. Physical punishment should not be a form of discipline because of the emotional effects it can have on the child. When first looking at child abuse, parents and professionals must ask what child abuse is and what are the signs the discipline has gotten excessive? According to the Hamilton County Child Services database, discipline has gotten excessive when one or more of the following occurs: “Child is physically injured, including bruising, broken skin, swelling or a situation that requires medical attention, punishment is meant to instill fear rather than to educate the child, caretaker, whether a parent, guardian or school official, loses control, action is inappropriate for the child’s age, or action results from a caretaker’s unreasonable demands or expectations for the child.” ("The Difference Between Discipline and Abuse." 1) Another way that can help a parent or professional judge whether the abuse is prominent and an issue is questioning whether the discipline helped
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