The Laws Regarding Corporal Punishment

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Straus (2001) defined corporal punishment as "an act carried out with the intention of causing a child to experience physical pain, but not injury, for purposes of correction or control" (as cited in Straus & Paschall, 2009, p.459). Two of the most prominent and widespread kinds of corporal punishment include slapping and spanking (Straus & Paschall, 2009, p. 459-460). This paper will analyze the laws regarding corporal punishment in many countries, the developmental theories such as the behavioral cognitive, and sociocultural in the context of corporal punishment as well as the harmful effects of corporal punishment on the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development of children in early childhood which ranges from two to six years of age. In many countries such as China, corporal punishment represents an acceptable and necessary action to discipline children. However, in other nations such as Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, and Sweden, corporal punishment is against the law (Berger, 2012, p. 310). Currently, corporal punishment against children are legal in many U.S. states. Corporal punishment on children is more common in southern states and families of lower socioeconomic status compared to states in the New England region and families of higher socioeconomic status (Berger, 2012, p. 310). Corporal punishment has destructive effects on the physical aspects of early childhood development. As
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