Corporal Punishment

The idiom seeing is believing refers to the idea that only concrete or physical evidence is the only convincing factor. This belief goes against the idea of corporal punishment which refers to the use of physical force causing pain, but not wounds, as a means of discipline(“Educate, dont punish,” 2011). The key factors for and against this form of punishment is the old age argument that if you cannot see the wound then it must not be occurring. In cases as such, one must examine the factors that distinguish corporal punishment from physical abuse. The first of the two indicators includeintensity orthe extent to which injuries have resulted from the use of violence and intention or the extent to which the intention is to teach/discipline. After examining the factors, I see corporal punishment leading tochild abuse, with no proven scientific study that it helps rear a child in the right direction, and it has been proven that it leaves a lasting negative affect on the psychological psyche of children into adulthood.
Corporal punishment only leads to batting or increase the chance of committing child abuse. Using corporal punishment as an instantaneous means of correction may inflict bodily injury which is now considered child abuse. There are no studies that show corporal punishment is effective in correcting misconduct, but ample amount of research show how it leads to an aggressive adulthood. Studies show that 36% of all women and 14% of all men in prison were physically punished as a child.( “Psychologists and spanking”) Evidence shows that corporal punishment lead to early teen pregnancies which also increase the risk of a sexual transmitted disease. Children who are held accountable by physical punishment create a pain tolerance over time and become angry toward the parent. What has caused the rebellion against authorities is lack of corporal discipline in the child formative years. Christians believe in the rod of corrections, saying that if you spare the rod you spoil the child. Corporal punishment is a correction option for parents when the child is misbehaving. Corporal punishment is the final means of correcting a child teaching the child that wrong doing will result in a painful consequence. Parents argue that children need a little fear of consequence for bad behavior. Fear breed respect; for it is necessary to teach boundaries, limits and responsibility to children.
There are no studies that show corporal punishment leading to a successful lifestyle. Studies show corporal punishment being the base of aggressiveness, and violent acts. Corporal punishment lowers self-esteem, and it teaches children to be victims. Corporal punishment doesn??™t make a child strong; rather it makes them prone to becoming repeat victims. Violence begets violence. Corporal punishment teaches children that violence is the answer to problems. Children grow out of being physically handle for unacceptable situation, and can turn to illegal substances to cope with the feeling of not being loved. Parents who use corporal punishment can accidently inflict injury on a child; the situation can get out of hand once a child become rebellious to corporal punishment. Spare the rod and spoil the child. It is believed that parents should raise a child up to be respectful adults. It is important that parents “cool off” first if they are angry before disciplining their children. The reasons for doing this go beyond the obvious one of not abusing them. The discipline and training is also much more effective when the child can plainly see that youre doing it out of love and not anger.By doing so, the child learn wrong doing will not be tolerated. Teaching a child responsibility coincide with holding a child accountable for their actions. Children who are abused out of anger are more prone to growing aggressive later in life; children who are chastised with reasoning turn out to be respectful adults.
There is also evidence that changes in parental disciplinary practices, specifically young children to bottle up their feelings of fear, anger, and hostility thus making changing from using corporal punishment to positive parenting, result in changes in them prone to depression and suicide in later years. Children but in the long run, it proves to be ineffective and pose great risks to the psychological and physical well-being of children. Corporal punishment teaches a child that it??™s ok for the strong pray on the weak. It sends a message to the child that violence is a viable option for solving problems whether it??™s relationships or family situations. Banning corporal punishment will also alleviate anti-social behavior in adulthood. Corporal punishment is able to bring immediate compliance to disobedient children. With that, the parent must teach the child the lesson that needs to be learned in the process. Parents who ???spank??? their kids for misbehaving, the child at the time may not understand why physical punishment was resorted to; so the parent must explain the severity of the child actions. Without corporal punishment, children will continue to act obscenely due to improper punishment. Time outs and confining a child to their room isn??™t an effective method for certain actions. Corporal punishment can also be looked at as a reference point for when the child gets a wild hair for doing something off color. The child can reflect back on the pain that was inflicted before, which will make the child think twice prior to misbehaving.
I have argued that corporal punishment isn??™t the best form of punishment. I have backed my claim with supportive evidence that corporal punishment have a lasting negative effect on children. Children deserve to be treated like human being that they are and not a piece of property. Parents need to choose a different more effective means of punishment when raising children.Reference
Anderson, K., & Anderson, D. (1976). “Psychologists and spanking”. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, Fall, 46-49. http://www.neverhitachild.org/areview.html
Educate, dont punish. (2011, 12 06). Retrieved from http://www.unicef.org/lac/spbarbados/Implementation/CP/Global/Educate_donthit_SaveManual.pdf

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