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Negative Effects of Corporal Punishment
An analysis of the negative effects of corporal punishment and why it should never be used.
# 152020 | 2,198 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Nov 11, 2012 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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This paper argues that the use of corporal punishment by parents on their children is wrong and should not be an acceptable form of punishment. The paper further contends that instead of resorting to violence when challenged as a parent, one should attempt to use alternative methods that are firm yet gentle at the same time. In this way, the writer posits, children will better learn to behave and integrate into society as valuable, contributing members, and parents and families will be able to better function on their own as well. An annotated bibliography is included in the paper.

From the Paper:

"The last counter-argument that should be anticipated is that corporal punishment is effective not only to control the child, but to control the parent as well (Kropp 92). "Invariably, the point at which a child warrants a spank is never very far away from the point at which a parent is going to lose control of his own behavior. A spank, fortunately, stops both the child's behavior and the growing build-up of anger in the parent that can ultimately lash out in terrible emotional and physical ways" (Kropp 93-94). While this too appears to be a strong argument, it needs to be understood that spanking can just as easily cause the parent to go "overboard" in their punishment. Furthermore, this argument can be countered by noting that not all parents are capable of corporal punishment in a mild and controlled manner. "[P]arents with histories of child maltreatment may not be able to spank in a controlled fashion" (Hembree-Kigin 95). Therefore, with these risks associated with corporal punishment, one can conclude that stating that spanking is a good way to control both the child and parent is not a good argument. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dorpat, Theodore. Crimes of Punishment: America's Culture of Violence. United States: Algora Publishing, 2007. Print.
  • Hembree-Kigin, Toni and Cheryl Bodiford McNeil. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.New York: Plenum Press, 1995. Print.
  • Kropp, Paul. I'll be the Parent, You Be the Child: Encourage Excellence, Set Limits, and Lighten Up. Canada: Random House, 1998. Print.
  • Larzelere, Robert E. and Ronald B. Cox, Jr. and Gail L. Smith. "Do nonphysical punishments reduce antisocial behavior more than spanking? A comparison using the strongest previous causal evidence against spanking." BMC Pediatrics. Feb 22 2010. Web. 10 March 2010.
  • Marshall, Michael. Why Spanking Doesn't Work: Stopping This Bad Habit and Getting the Upper Hand on Effective Discipline. United States: Bonneville Books, 2002. Print.

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