Types and Objectives of Punishment

According to Dr. Burke, there are four different types of punishment. Each has a different philosophy and objective:

  • Deterrence: applied with the belief that an unpleasant consequence makes people think twice before repeating the behavior. This is most effective at stopping crime that is planned or premeditated. Sometimes the goal is to deter the individual from repeating the behavior; other times it is to deter others from engaging in a similar behavior.

  • Retribution: an “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” punishment applied with the belief that offenders should suffer similarly to their victims.

  • Restitution: applied with the belief that offenders should repay their victim’s loss in money or services.

  • Rehabilitation: used more frequently with juveniles, it is applied with the hopes of helping the person resolve comor-bidities that may contribute to crime.

What type of punishment do you think would be most effective for your child? What do you think would keep her from repeating the behavior?

  1. Home
  2. Defiant Children
  3. Dealing with a Crime
  4. Types and Objectives of Punishment
Visit other About.com sites: