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Pesquisas e Práticas Psicossociais

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RIBEIRO, Janille Maria. The use of physical punishment in children and adolescents as an educational practice: some perspectives from Sociology, Philosophy and Psychology. Pesqui. prát. psicossociais [online]. 2014, vol.9, n.2, pp. 213-221. ISSN 1809-8908.

In order to search for theoretical support to discuss the use of physical punishment in children and adolescents in Brazil, readings of some works of sociology, philosophy and psychology were made. In Durkheim it was possible to perceive that violence is not consistent with educational purposes. Kant considers that the improvement of a child is the purpose of physical punishments. Arendt contributed to the concept of crisis in family authority and Vigotski is opposed to spanking because the child does not do something wrong due to being frightened or humiliated, and he or she does not understand the error. Physical punishment would take place, according to Adorno, when applied consciously and without having as its origin the principle of violence. Based on these readings it was concluded that the use of physical punishment is an issue that calls for a complex discussion if a socio-cultural change in Brazil is to be implemented.

Keywords : corporal punishment; children; adolescents; education.

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