The Use of Corporal Punishment Essay

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Proverbs 13:24 in the New King James version of the bible states that “He who spares his rod hates his son: but he that loves him disciplines him promptly.” The Nelson study bible goes into more detail and states that a parent’s loving discipline is modeled after God’s loving correction. The list of pros and cons relating to corporal punishment can be very different for each individual and is defined as physical punishment, such as spanking, inflicted on a child by an adult in authority. Lets look at the pros, cons and the effectiveness of corporal punishment in the United States and the rest of the world. According to Dr. Phil.com, spanking can be effective on a short-term basis in getting children to change any negative behaviors that …show more content…
The pros of spanking according to James Talbot are that spanking is expedient; it quickly delivers a powerful message in terms of behavior modification. There's no need to waste a lot of time with verbal communication. Parents can release pent-up anger & frustration and not have to worry about physical retribution. It gives parents a sense of tradition. Parents who confuse fear with respect can feel a sense of accomplishment and they can feel they are preparing their kids for "that tough world out there". The cons are that violence towards children causes a degree of trauma which carries with it a high risk of the development of psychopathology. Children learn to strike-out when their sensibilities are offended. The nurturing role of the parent is put at risk. Spanking runs the risk of becoming criminal behavior. Children may one-day forget the trauma of the violence inflicted upon them, but they never forget the acts of violence. Children learn to abstain from certain unacceptable behaviors so long as the parent is present. Some children will even find themselves more prone to these unacceptable behaviors in the absence of the parent. Children who are not afforded dignity or treated in a respectful manner have a difficult time learning what those things are all about. A source that most parents should know about is Parent magazine, where I found the next article about spanking. Similar comments about how spanking makes children

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