Apr 27, 2016

Spanking is B.A.D. Repeat: BAD!

     The people in Texas where this study originates...and in a lot of other states I am sure...will reject this research. But I've never been able to get past the logic that physical punishment for children teaches them that violence is the answer to conflict. From the study:

 “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.”

“We as a society think of spanking and physical abuse as distinct behaviors,” she says. “Yet our research shows that spanking is linked with the same negative child outcomes as abuse, just to a slightly lesser degree.” (my emphasis).

Think about that the next time you spank your kid.

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