The Children May Suffer: The Negative Impacts of Corporal Punishment

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The Children May Suffer: The Negative Impacts of Corporal Punishment
A young boy slowly makes his way to his mom, her scream urging him forward. He is almost to her side when he sees the shadow of her belt, he slowly backs away, he does not go far, as she quickly grabs him by his shirt. She then start to beat his hands with the belt, and then turns him around and starts spanking him on the behind. Throughout the whole time, the young boy’s eyes reflect fear, pain, and anger. Such corporal punishment is also known as spanking, beating, whipping, hitting, and sometimes even abuse. Although not all parents’ enforce corporal punishment to this extent, the reality of corporal punishment is that it should be the parents’ last resort. Parents
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Children may also suffer from anxiety, a child may see his teacher raise a ruler and automatically recall his mom beating him with the belt. So even things that appear as belts can trigger a child into thinking that he’s about to be spanked. According to Sun-Sentinel Parenting blog stated that research displayed that the more corporal punishment a child receives, the greater his or her post-traumatic stress test will be. Children who are spanked may also experience depression. This is unfortunate for them because depression can lead to other harmful events such as over eating or under-eating
Spanking can also affect not only a child’s socal and emotional development, but also his or her academics. There are harmful “physiological effects” that may have long-term destruction which prevents a child from learn properly (Castelloe). Corporal punishment on children may also cause damage in a child’s brain. For example, Molly Castelloe who has a doctorate in group psychology discovered that:
Spanking may reduce the brain’s grey matter, the connective tissue between brain cells. Grey matter is an integral art of the central nervous system and influences intelligence testing and learning abilities. It includes areas of the brain involved in sensory perception, speech, muscular control, emotions, and memory. Additional research supports the hypothesis that children and adolescents subjected to child abuse and neglect have less grey matter
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