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Corporal punishment (also called physical punishment) is a punishment which is meant to cause physical pain on a person. It is most often performed on minors) (in other words: children and teenagers). Common methods include spanking, belting and paddling.[1]

It has also been used on some adults, mostly on prisoners and people who are slaves.

In some parts of the United States, corporal punishment is allowed in schools.[2] At home, corporal punishment is allowed.

Fifty-eight countries, mostly in Europe and Latin America, have banned corporal punishment in the home or at school.[3]

Corporal punishment has been shown to cause aggression and behavior problems in some teenagers and children.[4]


  1. Facts about Corporal Punishment. Verywell Family. Retrieved March 31, 2019. 
  2. Corporal Punishment in U.S. Schools. NIH. Retrieved March 31, 2019. 
  3. "States Which Have Prohibited all Corporal Punishment". Web Archive. Retrieved March 31, 2019. 
  4. Why Corporal Punishment for Children Doesn't Work. Motherly. Retrieved March 31, 2019.