Corporal Punishment- Is it ethical?

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There are many debates going on today about whether or not corporal punishment for your child is ethical. In reality, to understand this debate you must know what it is, why some parents decide to go this route and what psychological effects it may have on your children.

Corporal punishment is defined as deliberate infliction of pain for disciplinary reasons. It can be looked at in two different views, positive and negative, both of which decrease the targets behavior and lower the chance of them performing similar actions in the future. Because of this, most parents decide to use corporal punishment as a way of teaching/learning. Using it to "teach" their children never to perform similar actions again. So what psychological effects does something like this have on children? Studies show that "slapping your child around," has its benefits, like teaching them right from wrong, but what about the negative aspects? There is multiple studies showing hitting your child greatly increases the risk of them becoming abusive themselves in the future. In an article by Richard Niolan, he talks about parents stopping their child's aggression with their own. Arising the question of "is the hitting really raising the chances of them becoming aggressive as adults, or is it something hereditary. Either way, you have to look at the ethical view of it. So in the end, is it really ethical to raise your child teaching them to treat others the way they want to be treated, but then as a father figure hit them to "teach your child a lesson?" Well, from the psychological effects that we have learned, no. There are many alternative routes to solving your child's problems then abuse. It is setting them up for a higher risk of becoming an abusive individual in the future.

All in all, raising your child into physical abuse to deter them away from doing something wrong is far from ethical. As more and more American's check in and pay attention to the effects this may have on their children, the better off we may be; lowering their overall chances of becoming a violent and aggressive individual.

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