Grounding (punishment)

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Grounding is a form of punishment given to children, usually older children, preadolescents or adolescents by their parents or teachers or headmasters/headmistresses/principals for bad behaviours and poor performances. In the terms of behavioural psychology, grounding is a negative punishment because it involves the removal of desired things, rather than the addition of undesired things.[1]

Every now and then, a young person who is grounded is banned from leaving home or their room to go anywhere except to attend required activities such as school, work, meals, church, exams, homework, music practice, doctor or dentist appointments, religion, etc. Grounding does not necessarily mean people are unable to come over, only going out is prohibited. It is commonly combined with the withdrawal of privileges such as:

A study done by Robert Larzelere shows that the grounding punishment can, in fact, produce a negative antisocial effect on the individual.[2]

The term most likely originated in the aviation community. When an aviator is restricted from flying due to misconduct, illness, or other reasons they are said to be "grounded."

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