ERIC Number: ED259824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
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Punishment: Several Perspectives.
Edgington, Bradley L.; Robinson, Paul W.
Authors of childrearing texts suggest that punishment is a horrifying experience having no positive influence on human relations. Authors of psychology texts are not as opposed but indicate that punishment is not appropriate when one attempts to help children. While some researchers denounce the use of punishment, they also invite further exploration of the issue. In contrast, other authors discuss punishment by presenting emotion-laden statements in an authoritative fashion. It seems fair to say that research has adequately substantiated the fact that punishment can effectively reduce misbehavior. A lingering argument against punishment concerns potentially damaging side effects; however, research indicates that such effects are infrequent and transitory. Another perspective on punishment can be gained from the Bible. The Bible says that punishment, including physical punishment, is valuable. It is the responsibility of parents to discipline, and it is the responsibility of childrearing professionals and society to support these parental responsibilities. (The concluding discussion focuses on seven points for maximizing the effectiveness of punishment and seven tips for proper punishment.) (RH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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