The American College of Pediatricians carefully reviewed the available research on corporal punishment in developing a position statement on the subject. Its conclusion: Disciplinary spanking by parents, when properly used, can be effective component in an overall disciplinary plan with children. The details are contained in the following statements.
Corporal Punishment Position
Click above to view the Corporal Punishment position statement. For the complete report, view the policy statement listed below.
Guidelines for Parental Use of Disciplinary Spanking
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Corporal Punishment Policy
Click on this link to view the Corporal Punishment Policy Statement, which contains all the research and support for the position statement.