Basics of Punishment
Punishment is a very sensitive topic to discuss because of different personal and religious beliefs, especially when it comes to corporal punishment.
Punishment is any consequence that follows a behavior and decreases or intended to decrease the likelihood of the behavior in future.
Why do parents or schools punish?
The intended objectives of punishment include:
1. To teach children some lessons
2. To send message to children
3.To offer reasonable penalty for undesirable behavior
3. To teach justice
4. To teach right and wrong: Morality and Ethics
5. To help children to take responsibility for their actions
It is not clear if the way we use punishment can accomplish the above objectives. Research has raised limits on using punishment to develop or change behavior.
Research says punishment cannot eliminate behavior or cannot develop a behavior but if used in positive settings it can offer some helps. What we know about how we routinely use punishment is that it can momentarily stop behavior but not enduring to develop behavior.
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