How the violence of corporal punishment can harm your kids

Corporal punishment is one of the most common forms of violence against children and can have really detrimental effects.

Read also: Child spanking outlawed as court scraps use of 'reasonable chastisement' defence

Many children who are victims of abuse develop increased child aggression and can end up using violence on others, explains child protection researcher Dr Stefanie Röhrs.

She says that South African children are often subjected to more than one form of violence during their childhood.

Read more: How to protect your child from abuse right under your roof

According to Dr Röhrs, children who are spanked by their parents are more likely to be severely assaulted by their parents as well.

People think that it's not really violence... There's this overlap between corporal punishment and physical abuse.

Dr Stefanie Röhrs, Senior Researcher at UCT's Children's Institute

For children, violence is violence.

Dr Stefanie Röhrs, Senior Researcher at UCT's Children's Institute

Studies in the US an in Canada say that 75% of physical abuse of children occurs during episodes of spanking or physical punishment.

Dr Stefanie Röhrs, Senior Researcher at UCT's Children's Institute

Children in South Africa experience many forms of violence and many experience more than one form of violence.

Dr Stefanie Röhrs, Senior Researcher at UCT's Children's Institute

These forms of violence co-occur and intersect.

Dr Stefanie Röhrs, Senior Researcher at UCT's Children's Institute

Even indirect forms of violence can have an impact on children.

Dr Stefanie Röhrs, Senior Researcher at UCT's Children's Institute

Corporal punishment is one of the most common forms of violence against children and can have really detrimental effects.

Dr Stefanie Röhrs, Senior Researcher at UCT's Children's Institute

Dr Röhrs discusses the how corporal punishment at home and in schools can affect children.

Listen to the in-depth discussion affecting families and schools:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : How the violence of corporal punishment can harm your kids


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