Corporal Punishment of Children Should be Banned

analytical Essay
2468 words
2468 words

The term corporal punishment is defined as the use of physical force with the intention of causing a child to experience pain, but not injury, "for the purpose of correction or control of the child’s behavior" ("A Report" 18). In America, parents' use of corporal punishment in homes have been defined legally by the states as “encompassing ‘reasonable’ force with some states adding qualifiers that it must also be ‘appropriate’ (AL, AK, AZ, CA, CC), ‘moderate’ (AR, DE, SC, SD), or ‘necessary’ (MT, NH, NY, OR, TX, WI). Three states see the need to clarify that corporal punishment is limited to ‘nondeadly force’ (AK, NY, TX)” (Gershoff, "Corporal" 540). Currently, over 90% of US families report having used corporal punishment as a means of discipline at some time ("Physical"). Parental corporal punishment is usually restricted to physical contact "with an open hand, and to contact on extremities or buttocks", as in spanking, strapping, smacking, beating, or whipping (Remus 22). Behaviors that do cause risk injury (e.g., punching, kicking, burning) are considered physical abuse (Gershoff, "Corporal" 540). Parents punish their children physically for discipline. However, parents' corporal punishment may inadvertently result in child physical abuse administered by their anger. Sometimes they even intended to harm a child. In my opinion, physical abuse can be a potential outcome of corporal punishment. Parents' use of corporal punishment in homes are likely to have few intended positive effects and many unintended negative effects. Besides, hitting children frequently may worsen parent-child relationship as well as children's future character flaw. In this case, corporal punishment of children in homes needs to be outlawed in America.


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In this essay, the author

  • Opines that parents' use of corporal punishment in homes should be outlawed in america.
  • Explains that banning corporal punishment of children in homes would greatly reduce the rate of parental physical abuse in america.
  • Argues that parents' use of corporal punishment on their children may trigger criminal, anti-social, violent, aggressive behavior later in their life.
  • Argues that corporal punishment is a good tool for disciplining unruly children. they argue that real discipline grows from understanding, mutual respect, and tolerance.
  • Argues that the committee on the rights of the child is the first international treaty that covers the whole spectrum of civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights, including children.
  • Explains that in 2006, the committee on the rights of the child issued a general comment, stating that physical punishment is legalized violence against children and should be eliminated through "legislative, administrative, social and educational measures."
  • Opines that banning parental corporal punishment is a really important position in nation's human rights issue, and we should follow this way to give our children legal protection from assault.
  • Opines that parents should ban parents' use of corporal punishment in all conditions.
  • Explains that instead of corporal punishment, there are other ways of effective discipline, such as verbal correction, reasoning, and other disciplinary approach.
  • Opines that corporal punishment should be outlawed as it helps build a strong, proper character of children. to not punish and not hit is to get back in touch with our true selves.
  • Analyzes the canadian academy of child and adolescent psychiatry's policy statement on corporal punishment.
  • Describes bainham, andrew, and joanne conaghan's oxford companion to law.
  • Describes delaplane, david, and annie. victims a manual for clergy and congregations.
  • Analyzes gershoff, elizabeth thompson's meta-analytic and theoretical review of parental punishment and child behaviors and experiences.
  • Explains that physical punishment in the united states: what research tell us about its effects on children.
  • States hanson, cynthia, and abraham t. mclaughlin, "corporal punishment is still an often-used discipline tool among the nation's parents."
  • Opines that corporal punishment should be banned in us. mwestwood.
  • Analyzes neddermeyer, dorothy m., “corporal punishment causes unacknowledged damage.” selfgrowth.
  • Asks pohnpei397 if corporal punishment should be banned in us.
  • Analyzes polhemus, betsy, and asher lindo's article, "to hit or not to hit: is spaking ann effective punishment?"
  • Opines that stophitting should be banned. the center for effective discipline.
  • Explains straus, murray a., "spanking and the making of a violent society". pediatrics 98.4 (1996) 834-836.
  • Analyzes straus, murray a., and glenda kaufman kantor. "corporal punishment of adolescents by parents: a risk factor in the epidemiology of depression."
  • Explains that stophitting, the center for effective discipline, was published in jun 2008.
  • States that williams, walter e., " making a case for corporal punishment." inside of the news, 13 sep. 1999.
  • Explains wegner, paul d., "discipline in the book of proverbs: 'to spank or not to spunk?'" jets 48.4 (2005): 717-732.
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