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Editorial
December 17, 2018

Corporal Punishment and Children’s Report Cards—Failing Our Children

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Primary Children’s Hospital, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
JAMA Pediatr. Published online December 17, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.4344

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

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