Assistance Professor, Faculty of Education and Psychology, Shiraz University
Corporal punishment is using physical force to discipline or correct a child`s behavior so that they experience pain without any harm. Corporal punishment occurs mainly at home or at school. The present study investigated corporal punishment within the family (punishment of children by parents). Reviewing the studies conducted on corporal punishment, the present study examined factors affecting corporal punishment as well as the factors affected by corporal punishment and finally presented a conceptual model of elements and dimensions of corporal punishment applied by parents. The results of the review showed that many background and personality characteristics of both children and parents are involved in corporal punishment. The use of corporal punishment can result in behavioral problems in children both at individual and social levels and all this is influenced by the culture of a society. And since there are some religious instructions regarding the disciplining of children in their religious culture, corporal punishment is not prohibited in Muslim societies. Furthermore, there are some limits and conditions which are difficult to observe.
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