Physical punishment has no benefits in the education of children

There are many ways to educate children from the most strict, to more permissive and all give rise to different types of parents according to the education model to follow. Recently there have been several studies that highlight the benefits of different parenting styles, and also others that point out the negative consequences that physical punishment can have on children.

Resorting to these practices to try to educate the little ones is a bad decision and this is indicated by studies such as those carried out jointly by the universities of Michigan and Texas. In it is shown that spanking the smallest has no positive effect on the upbringing of children.


Long-term consequences of physical punishment to children

The researchers dictated that not only spanking they do not present any benefit in the education of the smallest, but also have long-term consequences. It is often thought of injuries or other injuries resulting from these practices, but little is thought about the future. With the passing of days, months or years, children manifest these effects.

This long-term study has been checking the evolution of physical punishment over 50 years. Past generations resorted more heavily to slapping and whipping in order to eradicate positive behavior. In what type of adults have those children become? The results confirmed the presence of "involuntary effects" in these cases.


Those adults who had received this type of punishment during their childhood, presented more antisocial behaviors and had to present more cases of mental disorders such as depression. In cases where these people had formed a family, they had a greater tolerance for admitting the scourge or slapping as a response to bad behavior.

Direct effects of physical punishment on children

Although this study has detected these long-term effects of physical punishment, from Save the Children Other more immediate consequences stand out:

- It damages the self-esteem, generates a sense of disability and promotes negative expectations about oneself.

- Teaches them to be victims. Assaults do not "prepare them for life", but more prone to becoming victims.

- Interfere with their learning processes and the development of his intelligence, his senses and his emotion.


- You learn not to reason. By excluding dialogue and reflection, it hinders the ability to establish causal relationships between their behavior and the consequences that derive from it.

- It makes them feel loneliness, sadness, abandonment.

- They incorporate to their way of seeing life a negative view of others and of society, as a threatening place.

- Create a wall that prevents communication between parents and children and it damages the emotional bonds created between both.

- It makes them feel angry and want to get away from home.

- It breeds more violence. It teaches that violence is an adequate way to solve problems.

Damián Montero

Video: Should Teachers Use Corporal Punishment On Students? (HBO)


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