Corporal Punishment And Spanking In Children

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Corporal Punishment and Spanking in children
Spanking and the use of Corporal Punishment are the most common forms of punishment used today for younger children. 67% of parents today use some form of corporal or physical punishment. Spanking and Corporal Punishment is the use of physical force to cause pain with the intent to control the child. Mothers are primarily the ones to spank, because they are the ones who are with the children more. Young parental age and lower income seem to predict spanking in children. Children that were spanked as a child are more likely to repeat the pattern whenever they have children. Spanking is thought to help control children but research from numerous studies show that this is not the case. Children who were spanked more are more likely to misbehave in school, have behavioral problems and start using drugs. Spanking and the use of Corporal Punishment is a huge debate among the child development field. Most parents support that spanking is ok, while researchers who study the effects of spanking suggest that spanking has some negative effects on children. Spanking and the use of Corporal Punishment should be if at all possible steered away from because it causes too many negative effects on children and on their development. If it is at possible one should find other ways to discipline their children instead of using physical punishment.
Researcher’s view of Spanking
Wendy Walsh (2002) states that spanking in severe forms can lead to antisocial behavioral outcomes in children. Children who are spanked in my opinion seemed to have this type of behavior especially if I knew that they had been spanked frequently and severely. McCord (1996) suggests that physical punishment gives children pain and with that it may lead the child to believe that it is ok to treat others that way and to cause harm to others. This is why there are so many violent children in this world, because we have parents who spank and hit their children and this is what the children see all the time. Of course these children are going to do what they have seen done to them their whole lives and this viscous cycle of physical punishment is kept in swing. Some research has even shown that parent’s use of spanking actually works against what they are trying to accomplish. Children do not learn anything from being spanked. I can say this from experience. The only thing that spanking does is stops the behavior right away. Parents will try to spank the child to make them behave but ten minutes later the child has gone and misbehaved again. Why you might say? The answer is because the parent never really taught them in the first place they just gave them a spanking and did not put forth the effort to teach them why they did something wrong.
According to the Cultural Spillover Theory, created by (Baron and Straus 1987;Baron, Straus, and Jafee 1988; Straus 1985) the more we as a society use force to secure a pleasing end...

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