Corporal Punishment

By: Tricia Posey

Are there circumstances in which Corporal Punishment should be used?

What is Corporal Punishment?

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 purposes of correction or control of the child’s behavior.

Research Shows...

-Society says it is child abuse

-Does more harm than good

-Violates children rights

-increase aggression

-decrease parent-child relationship

What they don't look at...

-What Corporal punishment actually means

-Teaches a sense of respect for authority

-What is the difference between abuse and corporal punishment

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What should be done?

-Try other forms of discipline before spanking

  • Time-outs
  • verbal warnings

-Be consistent with the punishment

-Always make sure the child knows why they are being punished

Is There a Benefit to Corporal Punishment?


I used Fréchette and Elisa Romano for most of my definitions and the information on the negative side of the argument.

Positive side of the argument came from Oas and Jared Pingleton.