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Friday, July 30, 2010

Spare the Rod?

I'm not a big fan of spanking and I have never spanked my daughter. I prefer the time-out method of discipline. It seems like so many parents use time-outs that most kids actually expect it. According to the article below, there could be long-term ramifications of spanking. Read more:

Should Parents Spank Children? (drbenkim.com)

From the article:

According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, corporal punishment can lead to emotional and behavioral problems down the road. In fact, this study suggests that children who are spanked even occasionally are more likely to experience depression or low self-esteem compared to children who are not spanked.

The study in question was conducted by Dr. Paul Frick of the University of New Orleans in Louisiana. Dr. Frick and his research team were not able to find any positive effects that come from spanking.

In fact, they found that children who are spanked can learn that when they are angry and upset at another person, hitting is appropriate behavior. Put another way, getting spanked does not help children identify inappropriate behavior, nor does it teach them what they can do differently in similar circumstances in the future

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