Should Parents Spank Their Children?

A study from Tulane University this month finds children who are spanked frequently as toddlers are more likely to be aggressive when they being kindergarten.

“Toddlers that are spanked more frequently at age 3 are at increased risk for being more aggressive at age 5,” said Catherine Taylor, assistant professor of Community Health Sciences at Tulane and lead author of the study. “We found this to be true even after taking into account other factors that might have explained this association such as the parents’ level of stress, depression, use of drugs or alcohol, and the presence of other aggression within the family.”

The researchers studied 2,500 mothers and found 54.4% spanked their children at least once per month, 45.6% reported no spankings.

WTOP TALKBACK: Do you think spanking a child is an acceptable form of discipline?

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WE SPOKE TO LYSA PARKER, AUTHOR OF “ATTACHED AT THE HEART: 8 PROVEN PARENTING PRINCIPLES”
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