Although there is a large body of research finding medical and mental health risks associated with corporal punishment, most parents continue to hit their children as a means of discipline. In many instances, the practice is justified based on religious teachings. Using a case history, this presentation discusses the basis for these teaching and offers concrete, culturally sensitive approaches for moving parents away from corporal punishment and toward more effective means of discipline.
1. Receive an overview of medical and mental health research on corporal punishment.
2. Identify myriad teachings on corporal punishment in diverse religious communities in the United States.
3. Learn concrete strategies for working within diverse cultures to move parents away from corporal punishment and toward more effective, less risky forms of discipline.