When Spanking Your Child Was Legal

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When Spanking Your Child Was Legal
Kris Bisel
Everest University

Some feel that spanking goes back to biblical times and feel it is supported by the bible in certain verses. “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.”(KJV Proverbs 23:13 spanking a child is one of those controversial subjects to debate about. When spanking a child, is it child abuse or is it corrective action? Some parents find spanking their children abusive, other parents find that it is necessary to stop unwanted behavior from their child. Corporal punishment is lawful and acceptable as long as it is done for the reason of correction or for discipline. It is considered reasonable as long as the child is at an appropriate age and the method used is acceptable, and the child is able to understand the punishment. For spanking to be effective it should be painful, this ensures that the child will not repeat the behavior they were earlier corrected for. Some parents justify spanking their children as a necessary means to modify a child’s behavior. For example, if your child required a shot from the doctor due to necessary treatment, chances are the child will cry upon receiving the shot. However, this is required to help the child. Some feel that spanking is the same way; and a necessary evil to help the child it is intended to cause pain, and to modify behavior. Some parents that are against spanking have good reasons as to why they choose not to spank their children. For instance, according to studies that were done at the University of Manitoba, Canada, two to seven percent of patients seen for mental disorders were linked to physical punishment as a child. “Individuals who are physical punished have an increased likelihood of having mental health disorders” (Afifi, 2012). According to a study by Tracie Afifi, an author of Today’s Pediatrics, found that 1300 people out of 35,000 responded to which,...
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