Since the mid-1950s, parents and psychologists have been battling over the topic
concerning corporal punishment. The parents were raised in homes where corporal punishment
was used, and they feel that it was a successful technique that raised them well. Psychologists, on
the other hand, conducted research; a lot of which was biased and false, telling parents that
corporal punishment was bad for their children. After years of researching and studying the
effects of corporal punishment, the most popular theories stating that it is a helpful method, were
proven wrong. Despite the severity of a situation, even with the right motives, corporal
punishment is found to be a bad technique.
Corporal punishment is generally used by parents in the US specifically from the pre-
school years until the child reaches eight to ten years old. Although there has been several
discussions and debates focused on the effectiveness of spanking, parents still use such method
in disciplining their children. Currently, only two states in the US view corporal punishment as
child abuse. The other states maintain that spanking or slapping that result to zero physical harm
is legal. According to statistics, 90% of American parents support the use of physical punishment
on their children. The spanking usually occurs when the children are already four years old. The
study also shows that corporal punishment is more common among minorities and poor families.
Aside from physical punishment, yelling and swearing in front of the children are also
considered as harmful.
Kevin Malter! October 3rd, 2014
English 151! Professor. Silletti
One of the negative effects brought by corporal punishment is the strong tendencies of
children to develop anti-social behavior. The notion of corporal punishment is based on
aggression and such leads to violent behavior both exhibited by the parent and eventually the
child. Also, the child could channel the aggression to other people for instance bullying their
classmates in school. Other counter-productive behavior such as lying, cheating, and stealing
could be traced to a child history who suffered from corporal punishment (Strauss 55). Another
aspect that needs to be considered is that the development of anti-social behavior encompasses
all socio-economic groups.
According to some studies, the intended...