Corporal punishment

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2014 Oct;61(5):971-8. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2014.06.003. Epub 2014 Aug 3.


Corporal punishment is used for discipline in most homes in the United States. It is also associated with a long list of adverse developmental, behavioral, and health-related consequences. Primary care providers, as trusted sources for parenting information, have an opportunity to engage parents in discussions about discipline as early as infancy. These discussions should focus on building parents' skills in the use of other behavioral techniques, limiting (or eliminating) the use of corporal punishment and identifying additional resources as needed.

Keywords: Behavior; Corporal punishment; Discipline; Spanking.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Abuse*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Parenting*
  • Physician's Role*
  • Physicians, Primary Care
  • Punishment*