Corporal punishment, defined as “the use of physical force with the intention of causing a child to experience pain, but not injury, for the purpose of correcting or controlling the child’s behavior,”1 causes lasting harm to a developing child. No studies have shown that the use of harsh physical discipline or corporal punishment had the desired effect of positive behavioral changes in children.2
Laskey AL. Corporal Punishment and Children’s Report Cards—Failing Our Children. JAMA Pediatr. Published online December 17, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.4344
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