Spare the Rod? Children and Physical Punishment - PSY265

Spare the Rod? Children and Physical Punishment

by Maria LaPadula, PhD and Chermaine L Tyler, BA, MS, PhD
(4.3 / 94 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. How does a person differentiate among them? More importantly, 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 can have negative outcomes. In some children, it may even result in aggressive behavior. Healthcare professionals across disciplines can be instrumental in initiating discussions with parents to educate them regarding effective discipline strategies and associated child emotional and behavioral patterns. Healthcare providers are also in the unique position to offer treatment and make intervention referrals for parents who may be at risk for using overly harsh and potentially damaging physical punishment. 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 psychologists with information about parent and child factors commonly seen in families who use physical discipline and to present evidence regarding effects of corporal punishment on children. Information about alternative discipline strategies will also be provided. Additionally, descriptions of resources for caregivers will be presented to ensure professionals are equipped when initiating discussions with patients and families. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss spanking and physical punishment of children
  • State outcomes associated with physical punishment
  • Present resources for alternative disciplinary strategies

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.
Relias LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Relias LLC 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: 2/27/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/27/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC 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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Janine D - Warrenton, OR  ·  Feb 20, 2020
this course on spanking was fine
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Deborah H - Frisco, TX  ·  Feb 19, 2020
I enjoyed this course, good information to consider.
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Ruby H - Fallon, NV  ·  Jan 15, 2020
informative and interesting
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Elizabeth L - Annandale, VA  ·  Aug 27, 2019
Informative and helpful for future.
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Scott M - Youngsville, LA  ·  Jun 18, 2019
Very helpful. Organized very well.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50