Difference Between Child Abuse and Child Discipline

Difference Between Child Abuse and Child Discipline

  • Submitted By: Rach4u
  • Date Submitted: 12/05/2008 1:33 PM
  • Category: Religion
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There are many differences between physical child abuse and disciplining a child. Physical child abuse is when you use anger in non self control. Non-accidental physical injury occurs. Discipline is when your are trying to raise your child correctly and teaching them how to respect themselves and others. Laws on physical abuse and discipline are very different in each state, wqsome states are too lenient and need to be stricter, so future offenders will be aware of what the consequences will be if they break the laws.

Physical Abuse

Definition: “The physical injury or maltreatment of a child under the age of eighteen by a person who is responsible for the child's welfare under circumstances which indicate that the child's health or welfare is harmed or threatened thereby.”


1. There are many types of physical abuse. They include:
Striking, burning, shaking, pinching, pulling hair/ear, bruising, handprints, biting, broken bones, i.e., legs, arms, striking with an object, slapping, kicking, and spanking.


Definition: The goal of discipline is to help a child change impulsive, random behavior into controlled, purposeful behavior, and discipline should be reinforced with teaching, firmness, and reminders

1. Discipline involves teaching a child right from wrong. Many people may raise their children differently than you. There is no one right way to raise a child. Children need to learn to respect the rights of others. The best way to discipline your children is stay calm, be consistent to avoid criticism, and always be a good example for your children
2. A positive, supportive, loving relationship between the parent(s) and child, 2) use of positive...

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