Official Policies on Corporal Punishment
The following medical organizations have issued reports on the use of corporal punishment with children.
American College of Pediatricians: Corporal Punishment: A Scientific Review of Its Use in Discipline. December 2007.
American Academy of Pediatrics: Guidance for Effective Discipline. April 1998.
- Letters to Editor by Trumbull and Larzelere rebutting the policy
- Letter to the AAP Board concerning new policy
In creating policy on a parent’s use of disciplinary spanking with their own children, any medical, psychological, or legislative organization must first take an objective look at the data and consider all the facts. The following Power Point presentation gives a broad look at the issue.