With so much evidence to support that corporal punishment does more harm to children

With so much evidence to support that corporal punishment does more harm to children, why is it still so prevalent? In Gershoff’s meta-analysis, she mentions that parent’s intentions of using corporal punishment are “to get the child to stop engaging in the unacceptable behavior—to get the child to comply…or communicating that the parent is in charge. And to decrease their children’s aggressive and antisocial behavior. (34)” Gershoff also ran an experiment comparing the effectiveness of different methods of discipline, her results were that, “corporal punishment is thus better than doing nothing, but it is not better than alternative means of discipline that do not carry the risks of physical injury to the child or of increasing child aggression” and that “87% found that parents’ use of corporal punishment was significantly correlated with less longterm compliance and less moral and pro-social behavior—in other words, corporal punishment was associated with worse rather than better child behavior. (37)”