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Spanking Linked to Aggression and Poorer Vocabulary Later in Childhood

Many studies have shown the link between spanking and later aggression in children. However, the impact of spanking by fathers, in particular, and the overall cognitive impact of spanking on children is less studied.

A new study by Columbia University studied over 1,900 families over a period of years. The frequency of spanking my mothers and fathers, separately, at the ages of 3 and 5 years was assessed. In addition, the study looked at the later impact of spanking on a child’s receptive vocabulary. Receptive vocabulary is all the words a person is able to recognize and understand upon hearing.

The results show that both high frequency spanking (more than twice per week) and low frequency spanking (less than twice per week) of 5-year-olds by mothers was a very strong predictor of aggressive behaviors by the age of 9. The study also found that high-frequency spanking by fathers resulted in lower scores of receptive vocabulary by the age of 9.

The study confirms what has long been known about spanking, that it just doesn’t work. In addition, it adds to the existing research by pointing out the negative impact spanking can have on children’s learning and cognition. How spanking impacts learning is not known. Researchers speculate that it could be the increased stress felt by the child, the overall stressful environment at home, or that kids who are spanked are more distracted in the classroom.

The study can be found online in this week’s Pediatrics.
SOURCE: bit.ly/cxXOG Pediatrics, online October 21, 2013.

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