Impact of Spanking on children


photo credit: A parent spanking a child in Germany in the 1930s. German Federal Archive via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0 de

Spanking is a disciplinary action parents use on undisciplined child with an intention of making them well behaved. But recent research suggests that it could cause detrimental outcomes – it could affect the behavior and the emotional state of the child in long term.
In the Journal of Family Psychology, Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff of The University of Texas at Austin, found that spanking is an ineffective way to make children to follow parents wish. In fact that the child doesn’t obey their parents and is very bad for children’s mental health.
Studies have shown that spanking can damage a child’s ability to learn and creates aggressiveness and worsens their behavior.
Spanking is defined as an open-handed slap to the buttocks or limbs
Dr. Gershoff says people think spanking is not a physical abuse, but their research shows that it is linked with the same negative child outcomes as abuse, just to a slightly lesser degree.
And it was also found out that adults who were spanked as a child were more likely to suffer mental health problems and to behave in anti-social ways.

Spanking is not “always disastrous” but the frequency of spanking is important – the more often a child was spanked, the more likely they were to show negative effects.

More on this can be read here.

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