The Harmful Effects of Corporal Punishment Argumentative Essay

The Harmful Effects of Corporal Punishment
A discussion on the harmful effects of corporal punishment
# 109870 | 2,183 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 10, 2008 in Child, Youth Issues (General)

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This paper looks at how spanking is a practice that is so widely accepted in American culture. It discusses how, although many argue that this type of punishment has been effective ever since the "good old days" where kids learned forcefully how to behave, there is a plethora of evidence that shows emphatically that corporal punishment never was, is, or will be an effective means of discipline. The paper also looks at how various credible studies and researchers have concluded that corporal punishment causes many undesirable and negative effects on children such as antisocial and violent behavior and how consequently, numerous cases have proven that reducing this type of punishment has measurable benefits.

From the Paper:

"Most research concludes that spanking does result in immediate compliance, but according to Jordan Riak, author and founder of the nonprofit organization, Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education, "today one finds no support for spanking in the research and writing of acknowledged leaders in the behavioral sciences"(Riak 2). On the contrary, studies prove the cumulative negative affects corporal punishment has on children. These negative consequences include (but are not limited to) harm to cognitive ability and development, antisocial and violent behavior, potential for future abusive behavior during adulthood, bodily harm and injury, sexual development problems, emotional distress, and can even be a gateway to more abusive means of discipline. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Corporal Punishment - Myths and Realities." 1991. The National PTA 9 July 2008 <>.
  • "Development of Children: A Longitudinal Study." <>
  • Durrant, Joan E. "Family Violence Against Children: A Challenge for Society." 1996. New York: Walter de Gruyter & CO.
  • Plutarch. The Education of Children Vol. 2. Moralia, Ancient Greece.
  • "Policy Resolution on Corporal Punishment." American Public Health Association (1979)

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