Child Welfare

Risks of Harm from Spanking Confirmed by Analysis of Five Decades of Research

May 06, 2016 | Emily Taylor

A new study shows that spanking children leads to greater defiance toward parents, as well as increased anti-social behavior, aggression, mental health problems and cognitive difficulties. Published in this month’s Journal of Family Psychology the study by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan, analyzed five decades of research involving more than 160,000 children. The study focused specifically on what “American adults would consider spanking” as opposed to other potentially abusive behaviors.

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