The Psychology of Spanking
The word discipline comes from the root word disciplinare which means: to teach or instruct. However, most parents in America view this to include spanking:
- “This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you”
Corporal punishment is defined as “the use of physical force with the intention of causing a child to experience pain, but not injury, for purposes of correction or control of the child’s behavior”
But, some parents choose to withhold physical punishment from discipline practices, resulting in responses like:
- “I was spanked as a child and I turned out fine!”
- “I’d rather spank them than let the police beat them!”
But is it true? What are the effects of spanking? We took a look at the research to find out if it really does hurt you more than it hurts them.