The act of corporal punishment on children has been outlawed and laws have been changed with the evolution of parenting.
Even with the laws that protect children from corporal punishment in place, a vast majority of the country still practices it at home.
There is general consensus that corporal punishment is effective in getting children to comply immediately while at the same time there is caution from child abuse researchers that corporal punishment by its nature can escalate into physical maltreatment," Gershoff writes.
But, Gershoff also cautions that her findings do not imply that all children who experience corporal punishment turn out to be aggressive or delinquent.
Gershoff found "strong associations" between corporal punishment and all eleven child behaviors and experiences.
Ten of the associations were negative such as with increased child aggression and antisocial behavior.The more often or more harshly a child was hit, the more likely they are to be aggressive or to have mental health problems.While the nature of the analyses prohibits causally linking corporal punishment with the child behaviors, Gershoff also summarizes a large body of literature on parenting that suggests why corporal punishment may actually cause negative outcomes for children.Access to society journal content varies across our titles.If you have access to a journal via a society or association membership, please browse to your society journal, select an article to view, and follow the instructions in this box.The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether or not the act of corporal punishment is passed on to future generations.In other words, if a child is brought up getting “spankings”, are they more or less likely to practice the act on children of their own.For one, corporal punishment on its own does not teach children right from wrong.Secondly, although it makes children afraid to disobey when parents are present, when parents are not present to administer the punishment those same children will misbehave.A variety of situational factors, such as the parent/child relationship, can moderate the effects of corporal punishment.Furthermore, studying the true effects of corporal punishment requires drawing a boundary line between punishment and abuse.