Physical (Corporal) Punishment
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, Atlanta, GA) has now formally come out with policy asserting that physical punishment is child abuse and that it should be prohibited. This stance is in response to consistent data showing physical punishment to be associated with increased violence and emotional disorders.
The USA has no federal law prohibiting physical punishment. There are still 19 states which permit physical punishment in schools. All this is in contrast to the international response to these data on physical punishment–50 countries have banned physical punishment in all settings, and over 100 countries have banned it in schools.
Physical Punishment Articles
A friend asked me recently: “Why do parents still spank their children even though they know they shouldn’t?” This raises two wonderful, specific questions: Do parents still spank their children? And do they [...]
Legislation is being introduced in the US House of Representatives to ban physical punishment in schools (HR 5628). Many medical and psychological organizations support this ban and have position statements which condemn physical punishment and [...]
It is difficult to imagine anything more important than understanding infant and child development. One could make the case that understanding the internal psychological world of human beings allows us to improve as a global [...]