Corporal Punishment and its Effects in Pakistan

Malik Haqnawaz Danish, Asma Iqbal


This article addresses the impact of corporal punishment and its imprints on the 'psychological being' of a student. Corporal punishment or physical punishment is a tool materialized for controlling the behavior of a student for displaying behavior that doesn’t confirm to the govermentality of the institution in which he/she reads. Corporal punishment among children has become a norm of the society. It is also believed that spanking and slapping children are highly affected even if they are not approved. Straus (1991) found that 84% of adults agreed on that a good, hard spanking is sometimes necessary. Carson (1986) titles the parents who refuse to use corporal punishment as "poor parents". Almost all the parents use corporal punishment while the stress of it declines with the age factor. We tried to analyze (a) the effects of corporal punishment on the children resulting in the negativity and aggression in the behavior of the child (b) the consoling effects of psychological treatment to nurse the ailing psychology of the child with positive responses. A comparison between corporal punishment and psychological treatment is done demonstrating that the impact of corporal punishment is associated with impairment of psychology of the children and self negation. The interrelationship among physical punishment and aggression is brought to test with the aftereffects. The helping hand of psychological tools qualifies in soothing the ailing situation and maintaining harmony and peace in the development of the mind in various ways. The research is further supported by the facts and interpretations already given by critics in the past and are further elaborated. The main objective of this assignment is to offer alternative to avoid corporal punishment to achieve desired results and to provide feasible environment for learning process. Educational psychology has for ever been in the attempt to encourage measures to benefit teaching learning process with promising results. The point of views of both learners and instructors have been checked through interview and questionnaire either corporal punishment is good tool for learners and children or not.

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