The Controversy Around Corporal Punishment

1257 WordsJun 22, 20186 Pages
To spank or not to spank? The topic of corporal punishment is a controversial and sensitive matter in our society. No matter what day in age we live in it will continue to be a social problem. Corporal punishment, also referred to as spanking is deliberately inflicting pain on a person due to an inappropriate behavior or act they have done. This involves hitting, pinching, using switch cords, smacking, and etcetera. Those who are in favor of corporal punishment and believes that it should not be illegal, uses scriptures from the bible as justification. Supporters of corporal punishment feels as if spanking is an effective way to manage behavior. Those who are against spanking points out the negative, psychological issues, and mental…show more content…
The organization stress how spanking traumatize a child in more ways than one. APSAA claims that Spanking is a euphemism for hitting. One is not permitted to hit one's spouse or a stranger; such actions are defined as the crime of assault. Nor should one be permitted to hit a small and more vulnerable child. Hitting a child elicits precisely the feelings one does not want to generate in a child: distress, anger, fear, shame, and disgust. Studies show that children who are hit identify with the aggressor and are more likely to become hitters themselves, that is, bullies and future abusers of their own children and partners. They tend to learn to use violent behavior as a way to deal with stress and interpersonal disputes. The American Psychoanalytic Association (APSAA) does not only support, but it adds supplementary information to the emotional and mental problems associated with spanking. This source adds more leverage to Dr. Alvy’s position on the matter at hand. Rev. James Dobson, child psychologist, an American evangelical Christian author, and founder of Focus on the Family (FOTF) is surely an advocate of corporal punishment. Dobson states that “a little bit of pain goes a long way for a young child. However, the spanking should be of sufficient magnitude to cause the child to cry genuinely”. It will not cause psychological trauma but “by learning to yield to the loving authority... of his parents, a child learns
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