Many parents still believe in “Spare the rod and spoil the child,” despite warnings from experts that spanking causes more harm than good.
The American Journal of Family Psychology published a study that based on research that had been carried out for over 50 years on over 160,000 kids. It revealed that spanking is not suitable for our children.
Researchers from the Universities of Michigan, Austin, and Texas found out that spanked kids were more likely to display defiance towards their parents as they continued to grow, and that it could lead to issues such as aggression, anti-social behavior, cognitive difficulties, and mental health problems.
Data from the study revealed that spanking is the least effective method of getting through to kids, even in the short term. In fact, spanking worsened the child’s behavior in most cases.
Elizabeth Gersoff, one of the researchers, insisted that using this kind of disciplining technique is quite detrimental to children. And to leave no room for doubt, the research also studied adults who were punished in this manner as kids, and the results were disturbing.
According to the research, many adults that were spanked as kids tended to display antisocial behavior or some mental health disorder. They were also more susceptible to depression and anxiety. The takeaway here is that physically disciplining your child has the same effects as subjecting them to physical abuse.
I know you’ve heard people say, or might have even said yourself, “I was spanked and turned out okay.” Researchers insist that these people turned out alright in spite of it and not because of it.
What can you do instead of spanking?
1. Try and Maintain Your Composure