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Problems and Dangers of Corporal Punishment: A Physician’s Perspective

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


Many public school districts and private schools still allow corporal punishment as a form of so called discipline for students. In addition, many parents still believe in and implement corporal punishment at home. Many child care experts, child injury attorneys, and medical experts are against the concept and use of corporal punishment. These child advocates believe that corporal punishment is not only cruel but also ineffective as a means of behavior control and improvement. Paul Hollinger, M.D. is a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist who counsels teens and parents on these and other issues. Dr. Hollinger published an article – Why Do We Still Spank (Hit) Children? The Problem With Physical (Corporal) Punishment. Dr. Hollinger’s article provides a good overview of corporal punishment and an insightful analysis of this form of abuse that continues to be pervasive in schools and homes throughout the nation.

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