Spanking Kids Actually Leads to More Aggressive Behavior

Out of the 2,500 youngsters examined in a recent study, those who were spanked more when they were 3 turned out to be more likely to be aggressive by the age of 5.

The researchers accounted for other factors that might cause aggressiveness, such as neglect, violence between the parents, or parental alcohol and drug use.  All of these factors contributed to children’s aggressive behavior, but the positive connection spanking and aggression remained strong even after they were accounted for.

If a child had been spanked more than twice in the month before the study began, their chance of becoming aggressive by age 5 increased by 50 percent.

While spanking can stop misbehavior in the short term, but it becomes less effective with repeated use.

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