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Tran 1 Thuan Tran English 1302 M/W 12:30 Research Final Suna Ridouane 11/27/13 Child Abuse: Discipline Children of our world today are growing up and being exposed to many different lifestyles. The good and the bad, the rich and the poor, and the ones without the support of parents. But within any of those lifestyles there’s one thing that they all have in common or can relate to, that’s the discipline that they receive from their parents as they are growing up and learn from those mistakes they make. But as different people come from different backgrounds, along come different ways of disciplining children and those different ways may be mistaken for something worse than what it actually is. Is it discipline or child abuse? Is it spanking or hitting? In today’s day and age one can be mistaken for the other or even considered child abuse regardless of where you spank your child or how hard you do it or if you should do it. What is considered child abuse anyway? Where is the line drawn between discipline and abuse? According to Child Welfare Information Gateway, in the state of Texas, the definition of child abuse is, “Physical injury that results in a substantial harm to the child or the genuine threat of substantial harm from physical injury to the child,... excluding an accident or reasonable discipline by a parent, guardian, or conservator that does not Tran 2
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expose the child to a substantial risk of harm. (p. 80)” Texas makes it clear that discipline is acceptable from the parent or guardian of the child but draws the line at any physical harm that can cause a threat to a child as abusive. Now as we refer to an article from Pediatrics and Child Health regarding effective discipline, discipline needs to be given from someone who has a close bond with the child and must be fair and appropriate with consistency of needing change. This of course is discipline that does not involve
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  • Summer '09
  • DUNELL
  • English, Style, Corporal punishment in the home, School corporal punishment, Thuan Tran

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