18 June 2012
Global Initiative Newsletter No 20 now available
The latest newsletter from the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children informs us that Curacao, a Caribbean country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands – has achieved prohibition of corporal punishment in all settings – the 33rd country to do so.
The newsletter also contains information on progress towards prohibition, campaigns in various countries, recent recommendations from human rights monitoring committees, international reports and research and media reports.
A research report provides new evidence of the impact of violence on young children.
A new study shows that the effects of abuse in childhood can be physiological as well as psychological. The study released by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that MRI scans of the brains of people who had been subjected to maltreatment, including corporal punishment, had significantly less volume than expected in the hippocampus area of the brain, which is involved in memory and emotion. (Teicher, M. H. et al (2012), "Childhood maltreatment is associated with reduced volume in the hippocampal subfields CA3, dentate gyrus, and subiculum",
A journal article by Brendan L. Smith of the Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, looks at physical punishment of children in light of the growing body of evidence of the lasting harm it has on children. It notes that its use is slowly declining but many parents are not hearing the message. (Smith, B. L. (2012), "The case against spanking", American Psychologist, 43(4)).