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Argument: Corporal punishment fosters criminality and delinquency

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Dr. Ralph Welsh, who has given psychological exams to over 2,000 delinquents has said: "...it is now apparent that the recidivist male delinquent who was never struck with a belt, board, extension cord, fist, or an equivalent is virtually nonexistent. Even after 10 years, the full impact of this discovery is still difficult to comprehend."

"As the severity of corporal punishment in the delinquent's developmental history increases, so does the probability that he will engage in a violent act."
"I have yet to see a repeat male delinquent that wasn't raised on a belt, board, cord, or fist."[1]


Alvin Poussaint, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School: "Researchers have also found that children who are spanked show higher rates of aggression and delinquency in childhood than those who were not spanked. As adults, they are more prone to depression, feelings of alienation, use of violence toward a spouse, and lower economic and professional achievement. None of this is what we want for our children."[2]

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