August 19, 2013
Corporal punishment, two words that raise so much emotion from fear, outrage, disgust, anger, pity and much more but exactly what is corporal punishment? When does punishment become abuse? Is corporal punishment acceptable in society? These and many more questions will be examined here. We will also look at some laws and the American culture toward corporal punishment. There is no doubt that children need to be held accountable and punished when they break rules, or is there? We will examine some of the pros and cons of the argument about corporal punishment. We will also look at the effects that they could bring about on the development of children. Also do people know the law about the use of corporal punishment, we will look briefly at what the courts and legislation view on this form of discipline. Also do you think age should matter when using corporal punishment and if so when is it ok to start and when should you stop? These and many more questions are the kinds of questions we will be examining briefly. Society has changed many times about corporal punishment. Like it or not there may even be effects from not properly disciplining your child. Children need multiple forms of discipline that includes the option of corporal punishment. Discipline and Punishment
In our society discipline and punishment are often used interchangeably. Discipline is one who receives instruction from another (Turner, P., & Welch, K., 2012). When the word discipline is used correctly, it should imply a broad positive system of guidance (Turner, P., & Welch, K., 2012). There are many forms of discipline one being inductive discipline. Inductive discipline focuses on encouraging a young child to think about the effects of their behavior (Turner, P., & Welch, K., 2012). Natural consequence is another form of discipline where the discipline occurs naturally from the child’s own behavior (Turner, P., & Welch, K., 2012). For example a child who refuses to eat simply goes hungry or a child that plays with fire will get burned. Logical consequence is a form of punishment where the parent gives a child an ultimatum in part of social order, for example a child is not settling down for dinner the parent may tell them to settle down or leave the table (Turner, P., & Welch, K., 2012). There are many more forms of discipline that include spanking. Some statistics on spanking is as followed, father spank less than mothers, urban families spank less than rural families, Protestants spank more than Catholics, religious people spank more than atheist, black people spank more than white, older women spank more than younger women, and conservatives spank more than liberals (Turner, P., & Welch, K., 2012). Some believe findings like these are important to understand serious threats or well-being of the child that spanking effects. Corporal punishment is the use of physical discipline with the intention of causing pain but no injury to correct or control (Cope, K. C., 2010). There is a big debate that is not about discipline but about corporal punishment. One side feels that physical punishment should be available as a disciplinary tool. The other side feels that it should not be used at all and totally opposes it. The disagreement has played out in the academic sphere, popular culture, and involves differences from parents’ rights, children’s rights, culture, religion, and such scientific cases for and against corporal punishment based on development (Cope, K. C., 2010). Kristin Collins Cope stated, “The goal of discipline, whatever the method, is to set reasonable limits that protect children from harm and teach them what is safe, right, and acceptable. Parents’ use of discipline is thus considered important and necessary for the well-being of the child” (Cope, K. C., 2010). .
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