Pathology of Chastisement - 2

Pathology of Chastisement - 2

Parent Syndrome to Injure Their Children

Any parents with older children may sometimes hit their children very hardly, since it is a kind of expression to show their affection toward their children. But any parents may regret or repent such an act immediately. The problem occurs when the children are so small that they don't understand what is wrong with them.

Why on earth does such a tragic situation happen to the originally peaceful and sweet mother-child or parent-child relationship? They are beaten, of course, not only by their mothers but also by their fathers; in most cases they are accomplices.

It is only natural that parents punish their children severely according to the time and circumstances. The case in question, however, is too extraordinary and bloody.Why is it that we see such a disease in the peaceful society without any wars, particularly in the affluent advanced countries? This would be a phenomenon of the industrialized, urbanized and overcrowded competitive society.

It is said that rats that were given sufficient nutrition but raised in the overcrowded situation cannot build a den nor bring up their children. The same could be true for human beings. Despite a kind of social code such as religion or morals, and people's efforts to make things better, there are situations about which nothing can be done. Especially in modern times where there is less and less value put on these norms, human beings may become like animals. In our country these days, newspaper reports about children suffering from the battered child syndrome come out almost every day, which causes a pain in the heart of pediatricians.

Kobayashi, Noboru (1981). "Oshioki no Byourigaku - 2"
(written in Japanese). Tokyo: Child Research Net. Retrieved Mar 20, 2006, from the
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