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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Science shows spanking can negatively affect children's behavior

"Spare the rod and spoil the child," the saying goes, but new research points to a much different conclusion. Spanking young kids can negatively impact future temperament over a decade later, according to scientists from the University of Missouri.

Even though the majority of Americans approve of spanking, data shows it's not only an ineffective way to discipline, but it actually has the opposite effect. A 2016 meta-analysis using data on over 150,000 children over a 50-year period linked corporal punishment with aggression, antisocial behavior, mental health problems, cognitive difficulties and low self-esteem, among other negative outcomes. Basically, just because your parents spanked you doesn't mean it's a good idea to spank your kids.

The most recent research, published in Developmental Psychology, came to similar conclusion but specifically looked at racially diverse, low-income families enrolled in the Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project. While experts hadn't conducted many studies on this part of the population before, the results still came out against spanking.

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11 comments:

Anonymous said...


Basically the report shows if you were spanked as a kid you're likely to engage in dubious research!

Anonymous said...

yea because this generation of kids that hasn't been spanked is so well behaved.

Anonymous said...

9:40, +1!

Anonymous said...

the same research that has given us what? every kind of kook nut job and wacko ever dreamed up and condoning them! nothing like inventing new maladies so you can justify your chosen career field! being a psychologist or psychiatrist should be enough reason to be locked up in a mental ward!

Unknown said...

So, the Bible is wrong and this woman is correct? Yeah ok.

And did anyone else notice that she singled out African-American children and their parents? She was suggesting that they lessen the physical "violence" against their children as it produces such negative behavior later in life.

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that there has been an uptick in children's bad behavior since people switched from corporal punishment to such things as "timeouts", taking away kids favorite toys, "talking", and the like?

Rebel Without a Clue said...

Opinions may vary so I'll just speak for myself. Unnecessary violence is one thing, but corrective spanking is another. I got my butt beat a lot when I was a kid and I turned out pretty OK, in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Spare the rod, spoil the child! It is whats lacking in society today....just look at the attitudes of kids today! Need not say anything else.

Anonymous said...

Problem now a days alot have Never been Spanked !!!!

Anonymous said...

"Spare the rod and spoil the child," the saying goes, but new research points to a much different conclusion.
First and foremost this is NOT 'as the saying goes'...how stupid is that. It's a Bible Scripture and it warns us what will happen if we Don't use the 'rod'.New International Version Proverbs 13:24
Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.

Spanking is needed if the child disobeys 'deliberately'. This correction is to be done in love and NOT in anger. This is where parents get it wrong. A child will resent his parents if this correction is done in anger. It is suggested if the act of disobedience angers the parent; the parent cools down before the correction is done.

I think I will follow what God advises me rather than some man that thinks he knows better than God.

Anonymous said...

11:59 CORRECT that is why there is more Crime today !!!!

Anonymous said...

And the spankers will always prefer to be ignorant, rather than educated. Look at the comments.