The Effects Of Corporal Punishment On Children

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Children and Corporal Punishment Punishing children has been one of the most controversial parenting topics this generation has seen. Physical punishment or corporal punishment is simple defined as the use of physical force with the purpose of initiating pain, but not wound, to teach the proper behavior of a child. Corporal punishment has been used for many centuries in schools and in homes but the use of such techniques have since decreased and are not being used in many places today. Evidence shows corporal punishment to be ineffective but several societies still practice this form of discipline. Corporal punishment should not be used as a form of discipline on children because of the negative impact it might cause. There is uncertainty that using corporal punishment can help in correcting a child’s misbehavior. It is hard to know what the power of physical punishment actually teaches children. Most situations, children don’t understand why they are getting spanked, just that the parent is unhappy. This can cause a child to be confused and become extremely distressed. As a child becomes older, corporal punishment can provoke resentment and cause more misbehavior. Parents in the US typically use corporal punishment for children in their pre-school years until eight to ten years of age. Even with a number of articles and debates on the effectiveness of corporal punishment, parents still use spanking as a means to discipline their children. Corporal punishment is
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