Corporal Punishment continues to be the evil in today’s society, hampering long term development of kids. A research conducted by Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) concluded that children who go through physical punishment become aggressive in their lives, showing signs after 20 years of age. They show aggressive intent towards friends and family, and become anti-social. Dr. Joan Durrant of Department of Family Social Sciences (University of Manitoba) agrees to the fact that physical punishment is the root cause of aggression in children towards society.
In another corporal punishment intervention program where 500 families reduced physical punishment on their children found out that there was a decline in such anti-social behaviour of children. Result of the outcome is directly linked to the response of children to the improved behaviour of their parents. Several human experts have also nodded that consistent physical punishment result in externalising behaviour in human beings. The journal ‘Social Development’ also covered a story regarding harshly punitive environment leading to long-term complications in children.
Several mental health problems like anxiety, depression, use of drugs and alcohol also associate themselves with corporal punishment. Recent neuroimaging studies suggest that corporal punishment cause nervous changes, making alterations in performance on IQ tests and increasing vulnerability to drug or alcohol dependence. Several countries have abolished the social evil of physical punishment and others are following the suite, shifting attitude towards positive discipline of children.
Experts believe that physicians have vital role to play in advising parents and convincing them to go for constructive approaches to discipline. Physicians can make attempts to improve children's healthy development by educating parents on behaviour exhibited by children, suggesting positive disciplinary approach to them, recommending parenting program and referring patients to public health institutions who are in dire need of help. They are credible personnel with influential voices for transforming social practices and regulations.
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