EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSNew Spanking Study Shows Action Could Be More Harmful That Thought
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Reported: Oct. 22, 2013 1:19 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 22, 2013 2:53 PM EDT
A new study shows spanking your child could have some consequences.
Researchers said it could be more damaging to children than first thought.
Studies have shown that spanking can lead to behavior problems. Now researchers find it may also hurt a child's cognitive development.
Children who were spanked at least twice a week by their mother at age 3 or 5 were also more likely to break rules and act aggressively, the study said.
Scientists at Columbia University School of Social Work looked at nearly 2,000 children from 20 large cities in the United States and found spanking is still very common.
A total of 57 percent of mothers and 40 percent of fathers said they spanked children when they were 3 years old. That fell slightly to 52 percent of mothers and 33 percent fathers who spanked children at age 5.
Doctors also suggest parents take a time out themselves to think of the most effective punishment before spanking.
Critics said one issue with the study is that researchers did not define spanking, which can range from a swatting to more forceful hitting.
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