Spare the Rod? Children and Physical Punishment - PSY265

Spare the Rod? Children and Physical Punishment

by Maria LaPadula, PhD
(4.3 / 67 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Psychology (1.00 CE Credit)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Spanking, other physical/corporal punishment and child abuse are very different; but how does a person differentiate among them, and, more important, how does a child perceive the difference? Traditionally, American parents have used spanking and other forms of corporal punishment to discipline their children. However, corporal punishment is often ineffective, and it may even result in violent behavior by the child who has been punished. Healthcare professionals across disciplines can be instrumental in initiating discussions with parents to present ideas that may alter parental behavior. This educational activity will provide information to assist in those discussions.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nurses, social workers and clinical psychologists with evidence about the effects of corporal punishment on children so they can discuss alternative interventions that parents may use to modify behavior. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss spanking and physical punishment of children
  • List the outcomes associated with physical punishment
  • Relate alternative interventions to physical punishment

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, social workers and clinical psychologists.
Psychologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Instructional level: Introductory
Target audience: Psychologists

Course Originally Released on: 12/13/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/7/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/7/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Ariel M - New Castle, PA  ·  Nov 14, 2018
this course provided much information on physical punishment
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Christine R - San Diego, CA  ·  Aug 15, 2018
good course overall thanks
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Tracy S - Plano, TX  ·  Jun 06, 2018
Very useful information. Thanks for making it an easy to read lecture.
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Anne D - Briggsdale, CO  ·  Jan 29, 2018
Go information regarding child punishment
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Dorothy A - Sharon Springs, NY  ·  Dec 11, 2017
great topic for prenatal teaching
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50