U of M Study: Does Spanking Do More Harm Than Good?
The study looked at 50 years of research, and says that spanking doesn't do any good for children.
Experts at our very own University of Michigan and the University of Texas looked at 75 studies involving more than 160,000 children. They found that those children who were spanked showed more signs of aggression, mental health problems and cognitive difficulties.
"We found that spanking was associated with unintended detrimental outcomes and was not associated with more immediate or long-term compliance, which are parents' intended outcomes when they discipline their children," said Elizabeth Gershoff, who is the associate professor of human development and family sciences at the University of Texas. She also previously taught at U of M.
The study, which is featured in the Journal of Family psychology, found that children who are spanked are more likely to exhibit antisocial behavior and to experience mental health problems.
Parents are also more likely to spank their children if they were spanked themselves growing up.
How do you feel about this? Personally, I was spanked as a child...and I don't spank my own child. I don't judge parents who do spank their kids; to each his own. I don't feel as though it's abuse. However, I don't feel as though it helped me as a child, so I won't do it myself. It made me afraid of my parents. In fact, I still have dreams about them chasing me down to spank me. I'm 33 years old! It's weird. What do you think?