Study: Spanking Makes Kids’ Behavior Worse

If you want a better behaved child, skip the spanking.

A review of nearly 70 studies over the last 20 years was published yesterday in the Lancet claiming physical punishment does not improve children's behavior and instead makes it worse. The studies came from nine different nations, including the U.S.

The review by a University of Texas Austin professor said children who were physically punished acted out no matter the sex, race or ethnicity.

One of the studies concluded children who were not physically punished gained more cognitive skills than those who had.


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