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I love how my psychology textbook - obviously not AP material - continues to support AP practices with the research it cites It spouts the benefits of being warm, responsive, encouraging, and communicative with children. In the chapter I was reading tonight about moral development, empathy, and prosocial behavior it stated that physical punishment does not yield better results. Children who are physically punished are only prone to avoid engaging in bad behaviors when the parent is present and those children are often more aggressive in their parents absence. It goes on to say:
Parental warmth, limited use of power assertion, involving children in decision making, and modeling resistance to temptation contribute to high levels of prosocial behavior and social responsibility.
I studied psychology as well and found the same thing To be honest, it's amazing to me how many people continue to use physical punishment with all the evidence that stands against it's long-term and complete effectiveness, the potential risks of using it, and the fact that there are more effective, gentler methods out there. I understand some ppl don't know any other way, and I've always been supportive of those ppl because I do think the majority of people would choose an effective gentle method over a physical method. Because using a physical method when you CAN be gentle just wouldn't make sense. But every now and then I realize there are some people who just don't make sense.
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