Physical Punishment: A Scientific Review of Its Use in Discipline

The American College of Pediatricians carefully reviewed the available research on physical punishment in developing a position statement on the subject. Its conclusion: Disciplinary spanking by parents, when properly used, can be an effective component in an overall disciplinary plan with children. The details are contained in the following statements. Each of these statements is a printable Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format.

The following Patient Information Handouts contain practical advice on discipline for parents of young children:

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