Physical punishment of children by US parents: moving beyond debate to promote children’s health and well-being
Cultural norms, Human rights, Physical punishment, Spanking
Physical punishment remains a common practice in the USA despite significant empirical evidence of its potential harm and ineffectiveness, arguments that its use violates children’s human rights, and professional recommendations against its use. The purpose of the current paper is to offer explanations as to why, in the face of a worldwide movement to protect children from violence, the USA continues to support physical punishment of children. The paper also summarizes the various debates engaged in by experts that stem from these explanations for physical punishment and argue that the time has come to move beyond these debates and eliminate the physical punishment of children. We offer suggestions for changing attitudes and practices related to physical punishment of children in order to promote their health and well-being. We conclude by suggesting that the burden of proof in debates about physical punishment, which has typically fallen upon those who argue children should never be physically punished, should shift to those who continue to promote its use despite evidence of its harm and ineffectiveness.
Psicologia: Reflexao e Critica
Miller-Perrin, Cindy and Perrin, Robin, "Physical punishment of children by US parents: moving beyond debate to promote children’s health and well-being" (2018). Pepperdine University, Faculty Open Access Publications. Paper 79.