The Children May Suffer: The Negative Impacts of Corporal Punishment

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The Children May Suffer: The Negative Impacts of Corporal Punishment A young boy slowly makes his way to his mom, her scream urging him forward. He is almost to her side when he sees the shadow of her belt, he slowly backs away, he does not go far, as she quickly grabs him by his shirt. She then start to beat his hands with the belt, and then turns him around and starts spanking him on the behind. Throughout the whole time, the young boy’s eyes reflect fear, pain, and anger. Such corporal punishment is also known as spanking, beating, whipping, hitting, and sometimes even abuse. Although not all parents’ enforce corporal punishment to this extent, the reality of corporal punishment is that it should be the parents’ last resort. Parents should be aware of the negative effects of corporal punishment. Parents should exercise caution before turning to spanking as a form of discipline because of the negative impact it can have on a child’s social, emotional, academic, and behavioral development. One area that spanking negatively impacts a child is in his or her social development. Social development is when a child learns to engage with his or her friends, family, and community. This is crucial in a child’s life because it helps a child to form friendships, learn how to play, share with other kids, and can even predict a child’s future behavior. Spanking can interfere with a child’s social development by inhibiting a child from establishing relationships with others which can then result in a child becoming antisocial. Research has shown that there is a positive association between kids who are spanked and end up antisocial when they grow up. Vuchinich and colleagues, author of Parenting, Peers and the Stability of Antisocial Beh... ... middle of paper ... ... on Human Rights of Florida CCHR Florida Blog. Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida, 23 July 2012. Web. 02 Apr. 2014. Lee, Shawna J., et al. "Parental Spanking and Subsequent Risk for Child Aggression in Father- Involved Families of Young Children." Children and Youth Services Review 35.9 (2013): 1476+. Academic OneFile. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. Moon, Mary Ann. "Spanking Linked to Later Behavioral, Cognitive Problems." Clinical Psychiatry News Nov. 2013: 21. Academic OneFile. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. Ogilvie, Jessica P. "Should Parents Spank Their Children?" South Florida Parenting. Sun Sentinel, 26 Mar. 2014. Web. 02 Apr. 2014. "Spanking Hurts Kids in the Long Run, Too." CNN Wire 22 Oct. 2013. General OneFile. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. "Spanking Tied to Later Aggression Among Kids." Reuters Health e-Line 22 Oct. 2013. General OneFile. Web. 10 Mar. 2014.

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