Are you someone who believes that spanking your child will help discipline him or her? Well, recent research suggests that spanking has a somewhat opposite effect.
The most recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics revealed that parents who spank their child might be setting them up to become violent towards their future partners.
Jeff Temple, the study lead and a psychiatry professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch stated, “Kids who said they had experienced corporal punishment were more likely to have recently committed dating violence,” as reported by CNN.
The results, held up when after they accounted for factors such as sex, age, parental education, ethnicity and childhood abuse.
“Regardless of whether someone experienced child abuse or not, spanking alone was predictive of dating violence.”
“This study confirms and extends previous research that says children who experience violence at home, even if it is couched as for their own good, end up using violence later in their lives,” said Dr Bob Sege, a spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatricians who specializes in the prevention of childhood violence.
“For children, their parents are the most important people in the world, and they learn from them what are social norms and how people should behave toward each other. “Corporal punishment confuses the boundaries between love and violence for children while they are learning how to treat others.” added Sege.
A study, published in the journal Psychological Science, indicates that the increase in behaviour problems cannot be attributed to various characteristics of the child, the parents, or the home environment—rather, it seems to be the specific result of spanking.
“Our findings suggest that spanking is not an effective technique and actually makes children’s behaviour worse not better,” said lead author of another such study Elizabeth T Gershoff, from the University of Texas in the US.
The results showed that children who had been spanked at age five showed greater increases in behaviour problems by age six and also by age eight when compared with children who had never been spanked.
The problems these kids have in the future is a bigger problem. “The fact that knowing whether a child had ever been spanked was enough to predict their levels of behaviour problems years later was a bit surprising,” said Gershoff.