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Slacker and Steve - Spanking Your Kids (Audio)

April 26, 2016

If you think that the answer to an unruly child is a good spanking, think again, say researchers from the Universities of Texas and Michigan, who after extensive analysis found that this form of punishment only makes youngsters more likely to be defiant and aggressive. Their study, which was published in the April edition of the Journal of Family Psychology, was based on five decades worth of research involving more than 160,000 children. They are calling it the most extensive scientific investigations into the spanking issue, and one of the few to look specifically at spanking rather than grouping it with other forms of physical discipline. They found that spanking was associated with unintended detrimental outcomes and was not associated with more immediate or long-term compliance, which are parents' intended outcomes when they discipline their children. In fact, they found that the more frequently that children are spanked, the higher the risk that those kids will start to defy their parents, become aggressive, experience mental health issues, exhibit anti-social behaviors, and/or develop cognitive difficulties.

 

Were you spanked as a child? Do you think it caused you harm or taught you a lesson?

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According to a new study, the more kids are spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents and suffer from several other issues like increased anti-social behavior, aggression and mental health problems. Were you spanked as a child? Do you think it caused you harm or taught you a lesson?