Ennio Cipani offers in his web an entire book related to the controversial use of punishment.
Overview of Punishment on Trial
This material is divided into four sections. The first section is entitled, What is Punishment? This section covers basic material with respect to “outcome-oriented punishment” as a means to change child behavior.
The importance of using an outcome-oriented definition of punishment is stressed and the ramifications of such a definition are delineated. The second section, Exposing Myths about Punishment, reviews 5 misunderstandings surrounding punishment. The evidence regarding the myth (or lack thereof) is given and its validity debunked. Research supporting more valid conclusions is provided and the factors parents should consider are also provided.
In the third section, Six Basic Principles, requisite practices derived from scientific research on punishment are delineated. Such principles are often abused, violated and ignored, which leads to many misconceptions about punishment from lay and professional audiences alike. Throughout the book, personal clinical cases are detailed to illustrate a point. Subsequent to the case presentation, several questions are presented for you to contemplate. The last section, A Responsible Use of Punishment, covers the considerations when using punishment to change child behavior. If you choose to use consequences, this section will provide guidelines for implementation of a child behavior plan.