Corporal Punishment

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Corporal Punishment is a form of discipline incorporated with physical and psychological abuse to reduce undesired behaviors. It has been a practice all throughout ages particularly in Asia. According to Dayton (1994), in corporal punishment, the adult usually hits various parts of the child’s body with a hand or with canes, paddles, yardsticks, belts, or other objects expected to cause pain and fear. And, frequent punishment may even inhibit cognitive development (Strauss & Paschall, 1999) Under the common law, teachers and other school personnel have the right to administer reasonable corporal punishment, which is the infliction of physical pain on a student for misconduct (Andero, 2002) but House Bill 4455 or the anti-Corporal Punishment bill in the Philippines, implements substitutes for physical and psychological abuse into positive and non-violent forms of…show more content…
The use of rewards and punishment, stemming especially from the psychological research works of Skinner (Daily Notion, 2001). In the field of Psychology, Corporal Punishment belonged to Burrhus Frederic Skinner’s operant conditioning. Operant Conditioning is a term for removing undesired behaviors by the use of reinforcements. Spanking, hitting, verbal abuse, degrading, humiliation, isolation are just few of the many examples of corporal punishment that are commonly used by Filipinos towards their children. These examples belonged to B.F Skinner’s positive punishment. Out of many types of operant conditioning, positive punishment occurs after an undesired behavior is executed, negative consequences will be presented. Sometimes, this type of punishment exceeds its limitations due to an overwhelming and exaggerating feeling that will occur by the offender thus it will result to violent abuse that will cause a child’s psychological impairment or physical
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