Corporal punishment should be abolished

Corporalpunishment should be abolished

Thedefinition of corporal punishment in the home setting generallyrelies on the same scope as physical discipline in schools. Thus,the general definition of corporal punishment is, using physicalforce to child with the intention of inflicting pain, but not injury,to correct and control wrong behavior(Pate,Matthew, and Gould 76). The difference between home and schoolcorporal punishment is the person administering it. This discussionopposes any form of corporal punishment by providing the findings ofscholars about the ineffectiveness of corporal punishment as acorrectional method for children. Children between three and fiveyears are prone to corporal punishment due to their unstabletemperament ( also have challenges with maintaining rational behavior. Theopposition in this essay takes cognizance of the availability ofalternative correctional methods, psychological effects of corporalpunishment to the child, and the lack of practical restraint by theadministrator to cause physical and emotional abuse to the child.

Someproponents of corporal punishment argue that it can as well beadministered properly without turning abusive to the child.Theimmediate compliancy argument supports corporal punishment because itcorrects the child from misbehaving immediately. If a parent issupposed to take a few seconds to calm down before administeringcorporal punishment, they are likely to violate the congruity neededfor the punishment to be effective. Thus, it is practicallyimpossible for a parent to calm down before they administer corporalpunishment in an effective way and yet control for the potential forabuse.However, the practicality of administering the punishmentproperly is unlikely because most parents of caregivers are usuallyangered at the time of the time of the punishment. In states wherecorporal punishment is legal, parents are usually advised to take amoment to calm down so that they administer it properly. This israther contradictory to the immediate compliancy argument thatproponents use to support corporal punishment as a way to instillpositive child behavior.

Achild is supposed to internalize the expectations of the parent andthe society at large about certain behavior rather than simplyrespond to corporal punishment.The child is therefore, less likelyto behave appropriately unless they dread being punished for behavinginappropriately. Considering that it does not actually reduce thefrequency of the target behavior in the child, corporal punishment isnot effective hence, should be replaced with other methods that canenable the child to internalize the needed change of behavior.

Stillon the psychological perspective against the effectiveness of thecorporal punishment, the assertions of Brendan L. Smith on theAmerican Psychological Association website echoes significantinsights about the child behavioral outcomes and experience otherresearchers such as Gershoff found out about corporal punishment.Negative outcomes associated with corporal punishment that Smithmentions are increased anxiety, bedwetting, tension, depression,depression , change in conduct patterns to the worst, abhorrentsexual behavior, lower IQ, increased risk of suicide, academicdifficulties, delinquency, and negative change in sleepingpatterns(Smith60).

Inconclusion, corporal punishment should be abolished because it onlyappears to be the solution, but lacks the potency to be the means toinstill societal values in children. As discussed above, there isplenty of empirical and practical evidence that demonstrates theineffectiveness of corporal punishment. However, it still remains ahuge challenge to pass law that would illegalize corporal punishmentbecause the practice enjoys massive support from parents in moststates. The first step towards having such a law is to changepeople’s attitudes toward corporal punishment. A change of attitudeis likely to change the widespread support for corporal punishmenthence, paving way for legislation that would abolish it in the modernsociety.


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Smith,B. (n.d.). The case against spanking: Physical discipline is slowlydeclining as some studies reveal lasting harms for children. TheAmerican Psychological Association, 43(4), 60-60. Retrieved July 6,2015, from

Pate,Matthew, and Laurie A. Gould. Corporal Punishment Around the World.Santa Barbara Calif: Praeger, 2012. Print.