March 27, 2009
Report: Spanking makes children aggressive
Spanking children increases the likelihood they will become defiant and aggressive, a University of Michigan researcher said.
Elizabeth Gershoff, an associate professor in the school of social work, said a review of 100 years of research and published studies shows physical punishment puts kids at risk for increased mental health problems, anti-social behavior and serious injuries, the university said this week in a release.
There is little research evidence that physical punishment improves children's behaviors in the long term,said Gershoff.
The report, published by the Phoenix Children's Hospital, said spanking can also harm parent-child relationships by interfering with with a child developing trust and closeness.
(Spanking) does not teach children why their behavior was wrong or what they should do instead, the report said.