A few of you might have been spanked when you were young. It is common to say that it has built character, unfortunately(or fortunately) is turns out it is not beneficial. Spanking does not guarantee problems, but it can. Studies have shown that children who were spanked at age 1 tended to behave more aggressively at age 2 and did not perform as well as other children on a test measuring thinking skills at age 3. The effects were not large, but it is evidence that spanking can cause problems.

New research has shown that more aggressive children are not more likely to be spanked. Children that were fussier were however more likely to be spanked and verbally punished. The use for spanking rather than empathizing with a child causes more tantrums and other frustrating behavior. Newman noted that children are too young to understand bad parenting behavior is wrong. “Physical violence gets passed down in families because the only parenting skills people know are the behaviors that they saw at home.” Spanking also reinforces negative memories in the child’s mind.

Nathan Hu


~ by nathanhu on December 13, 2009.

2 Responses to “Spanking”

  1. Yeah man, I was subject to this myth, but instead of just getting spanked I had my hair pulled and got slapped around every once and a while. Guess what the outcome of that was? It just got me more pissed off and I acted out even more. Of course it was intimidating, however it didn’t really make me more into a person of model society.

    -james frost

  2. I agree, I think that spanking is a old ritual that needs to be thrown out! I think it eventually wil , because it started out with the belt like my dad said his dad would do to him (which is so awful to imagine) and he only spanked rarely, but now I won’t so I think thorugh generations it will slowly go away.
    Lisa Tamburrino

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