From ABC: Spanking children could teach them to be more violent, according to new research. Mothers who spanked their children even occasionally were more likely to report aggressive behavior in their kids.
In surveys, nearly all adults remember being spanked as children. And the cycle continues, as most admit they spank their kids at least occasionally. Parents spank kids because they lose their tempers, experts say, but also because spanking works in the short-term to get a child's attention. But new research finds spanking has long-term negative effects on children's behavior.
Researchers studied more than 3,300 American mothers & toddlers and found that kids who were spanked tended to be more aggressive. Mothers reported how often their children engaged in behaviors such as hitting, getting into fights, or not getting along with other kids. Results showed that kids who were spanked several times in the last month were 40 percent more likely to display aggressive behaviors. Those spanked less frequently were still rated as 17 per cent more aggressive than their peers.
Experts say that - instead of spanking -- parents should distract infants and young toddlers away from unwanted behaviors, and use time outs or denying of privileges to discipline older children.
Source: presented at the 2008 American Public Health Association meeting in San Diego
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