If you were spanked as a child, you may have wondered how it happened. A new study is looking at the effects of spanking in adolescence. Interviews with 2,600 people (including adolescent kids) were conducted every three years for a period of 20 years. The first wave of data showed that nearly one-fourth (24%) of teens have never been spanked. The researchers are hoping that this study will provide answers to the question: are kids who never got spanked better off than those who did?
Many psychologists believe that spanking increases child misbehavior and negatively affects their development. However, the Canadian Paediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics both suggest that parents gradually replace spanking with other forms of discipline. However, it is important to understand why your child spanks. If they don’t, spanking may be seen as a punishment rather than a constructive way of raising children.
Studies have also linked childhood spanking to negative adult behavior. Researchers have linked spanking to depression and antisocial behavior. Another University of Texas study found a link between corporal punishment, and later dating violence. The question is: Why do spankings cause children to become violent and antisocial? And why is it so important to avoid this form of punishment? It could be that we are not the only ones who have a tendency to act violently.
Five decades ago, research has shown that spanking does not improve children’s behavior. Instead, more spanking results in increased antisocial behavior, aggression, and even mental health and cognitive issues. Even worse, more spanking may lead to more violent behavior in children. This may result in a more aggressive reaction to teases. How did you react to being spanked as a child? If you remember the feelings you experienced as a child, you’re probably not a bad parent.
The best way to prevent these problems in the future is to stop spanking your children when they’re young. While spanking is effective in the short term, it has long-term consequences. Studies conducted in 1997 found that children who had frequent physical punishment are more likely to become aggressive as adults. Studies have also shown that spanking and hitting are associated with mental health problems in adolescence.
In addition to making children more aggressive, spanking has been linked to increased mental health issues. Children who have been spanked might see physical punishment as a solution to their problems. Spanking may also result in physical injury. It is important to note that parents who spank emotionally might also hit their kids harder than they realize. In any case, spanking is child abuse and can cause bruises and blisters.