Since 1978, various committees of the American Academy of Pediatrics have intermittently addressed the question of corporal punishment and discipline.

A review of recent psychiatric, psychologic, and educational literature continues to accumulate evidence in opposition to corporal punishment in schools, although 47 states still have legislation permitting this management.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is opposed to the use of corporal punishment in schools, and urges all parents, educators, school board members, legislators, and other adults to seek the abandonment of corporal punishment and its legal prohibition in all states.

Employment of alternative methods1,2 for implementation of self-control and responsible behavior is recommended.

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