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Corporal Punishment
LaShawnda White
PSY/101
March 10, 2012
Donna Rail-Baker

Corporal Punishment

Corporal punishment is used as a discipline method for children. One of the most commonly used discipline methods in America is corporal punishment [ (Gershoff & Larzelere, 2002) ]. Is corporal punishment considered to be an effective form of discipline for children? Many parents’ opinions are different on how to properly discipline a misbehaving child. It has been proven children who receive corporal punishment as a form of discipline face several challenges. Due to the affect of corporal punishment other discipline methods are available and will be discussed more in details.

Psychically infliction of pain on a child who is displaying some form of disobedience in the eyes of an elder is considered as corporal punishment. Many parents utilize psychical infliction to display their level of control. Parents who use psychical infliction as a discipline method on their child practice by spanking, and slapping. Rulers, belts, paddles or a hand are just a few of the instruments which can be used when discipline is being enforced on a child. Inflicting pain on a child is considered as striking a child with intentions of shocking them so they will discontinue the disobedient behavior. Slapping, spanking with objects, and causing a child to hurt is a controversial subject and can be viewed as legal or illegal form of discipline. Corporal punishment is frowned upon due being considered as child abuse. Is corporal punishment considered as a form of child abuse? First understanding what child abuse is; is important before the label of abuse can be placed on this common method of discipline. CAPTA (Child Abuse Prevention Treatment Act.) defines child abuse as a parent or caretaker causing harm with the end results being a fatality, major physical or emotional injury, and sexual harm or any act of infliction that would cause severe injuries to the child [ (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2008) ]. If an adult intentionally harms a child by beating, punching, shaking, and so on is considered as child abuse. If for some reason the adult authority figure used corporal punishment on a child not intending to cause harm, but the ending result was severe physical harm on the child would be considered as child abuse. Physical punishment forms such as paddling or spanking without harming the child is not an illegal act of child abuse. It’s important to know what the signs of child abuse are when adults use method corporal punishment as a form of discipline. Apparent bruises or scars on a child body are a sign the child could possibly be experiencing child abuse. If not sure when to consider corporal punishment as child abuse look for the signs listed to help determine whether to report a possible case of child abuse. Depending on how physical punishment is inflicted on a child it could be viewed as abuse. It’s a fine line between corporal punishments being considered as child abuse, before utilizing physical punishment as a form of discipline parents should research while the child is misbehaving. Children misbehave for several reasons. It’s our job as parents or caregivers to discover why our children are misbehaving to determine the best possible method of discipline. Some common caused a child misbehavior can be due to the child seeking some attention, inconsistency in the home, and lack of being education as to what is considered as misbehavior. When a child is lacking in some important area of their life, their behaviors start to change to grasp their parent’s attention. As parents it’s our job to step in and research to help eliminate misbehavior in our children today. When an adult authority initial reaction to their misbehaving child is corporal punishment this could lead to confusion causing the behavior to continue. Biological, psychological, and environmental factors can all be contributing factors to the...
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