So, new research has come out slamming a popular form of discipline. In short, it has linked excessive spanking with aggressive behavior. Now, what's "excessive", exactly? According to this research, it's more than twice a month.
SourceMore than half of the nearly 2,500 kids had been spanked in the month before the interview. And those who had been swatted more than twice at age three had twice as high odds of being highly aggressive at age five. Even after accounting for baseline differences in aggression and other factors -- for instance, psychological maltreatment, maternal depression and substance abuse -- the odds remained increased.
Although the researchers based their findings on what mothers told them, they echo the data behind anti-spanking recommendations by several professional societies, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association.
I've always been in favor of spanking. Not the action, necessarily, but the ability of parents to be able to use the threat of spanking to enforce other, non-physical discipline. When I heard that a California jurisdiction outlawed the practice as an extension of child abuse, I was horrified. That said...
Now that this study has come out, does it change your opinion of this popular form of discipline?