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Childhood Spanking Backfires Spectacularly On Parents, 50 Years Research Finds

Risks of spanking children confirmed by 50 years of research.

The more children are spanked, the more aggressive and anti-social they are.

What is termed ‘spanking’ has similar effects on children as physical abuse.

The conclusions come from studies conducted over 50 years which included more than 160,000 children.

The researchers also found that being spanked was linked to more mental health problems and cognitive difficulties later on.

Dr Elizabeth Gershoff, the study’s first author, said:

“Our analysis focuses on what most Americans would recognize as spanking and not on potentially abusive behaviors.

We 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.”

The study defined spanking as an open-handed hit on the extremities or behind.


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