Is corporal punishment effective?

Educational measure: punishment

Problems with the punishment measure

  • Punishment does not eliminate the undesirable behavior, it only suppresses it and delays its occurrence in time
  • The punished child does not change his behavior, but tries to escape the punishment by learning new behaviors, e.g. B. through flight, lying, ingratiation, etc.
  • Punishment can put such a strain on the relationship between educator and child that no (necessary) relationship of trust can be established
  • Frequent punishment can lead to hostile and aggressive behavior
  • The child does not see his wrongdoing when punished and therefore does not change his behavior
  • Punishment can lead to an intensification of undesirable behavior, e.g. if this is the only form of affection for the child
  • The model of punishment is used by the child himself to assert himself against others
  • Frequent punishment lowers the child's self-esteem and can lead to lack of motivation and passivity
Author: Verena Fischer,
State-certified educator with Kneipp health training for children
Last update: January 2021
Date created: May 2016
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