Does Physical Punishment of Minors Promote Future Unruly Behaviours? Term Paper by Rifkhan

Does Physical Punishment of Minors Promote Future Unruly Behaviours?
A review of the research on corporal punishment and its effects on children.
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This paper explores the research on the effects of spanking on a child's behavior and development, and on the links between corporal punishment and aggression, mental health problems and child abuse. The paper looks at the factors which influence the use of frequent spanking by parents in different communities and then addresses solutions to curb spanking and protect children's rights. The paper notes the limitations of existing research and calls for alternative disciplining approaches to protect our children.

Effects of Spanking on Children
Factors Influencing the Spanking of Children
Solutions to Curb Spanking and Protect Children's Rights

From the Paper:

"The effects of spanking on a child's behavior and development, and the links to aggression, mental health problems, child abuse, and so forth are so interconnected in such a complex manner with so many potential causes that the contribution of spanking may seem impossible to untangle (Elliman and Lynch, 2000). The most detailed and informative review of the effect of physical punishments to date, was conducted by Gershoff (2002), as it provided a meta-analysis of 88 American and foreign studies examining the relationship between punishment and children's adjustment. The results provide a dismal picture of the effects of punishment on children. The only positive effect noticed was the child's immediate compliance to parental commands. According to Gershoff (2002), parental use of punishment showed a positive association with aggression, delinquent/antisocial behavior, and becoming a victim of child abuse in children."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aucoin, K. J.., Frick, P. J., & Bodin, S. D. (2006). Corporal punishment and child adjustment. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 27, 527-541. doi:10.1016/j.appdev.2006.08.001
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  • Durrant, J.E. (1999). Evaluating the success of Sweden's corporal punishment ban. Child Abuse and Neglect, 23(5), 435-448. doi: 10.1016/S0145-2134(99)00021-6
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