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
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.
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
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