The Facts About Spanking. If you love your children, watch this video.

The shocking science about the long-term effects of corporal punishment, essential viewing for every parent!


Spanking, as defined in these studies, is striking a child with an open hand on the buttocks or extremities with the intention of modifying behavior without causing physical harm.


  • Spanking remains one of the most common strategies to reduce undesired behaviors.
  • >90% of American families report having used spanking as a means of discipline at some time.
  • Spanking of young children is highly correlated with continued spanking of school age and adolescent children.
  • More than half of 13- and 14-year-olds are still being hit an average of eight times per year.

Widespread use of spanking:

  • 68% of American parents think spanking is not only good but essential to child rearing
  • 90% of parents spank their toddlers at least three times a week; two-thirds spank them once a day
  • One in four parents begin to spank when their child is 6 months old, 50% when their child is 12 months old
  • 52% of 13- and 14-year-olds, and 20% of high school seniors are still being hit.

Preconditions to spanking:

  • Parents are more likely to spank when they are angry or irritable, depressed, fatigued, and stressed.
  • In 44% of those surveyed, corporal punishment was used 50% of the time because the parent had ‘lost it’.
  • 85% of parents expressed moderate to high anger, remorse, and agitation while punishing their children.

Effects on Parents:

  • Although 93% of parents justify spanking, 85% say they would rather not if they had an acceptable alternative.
  • One study found that 54% of mothers said that spanking was the wrong thing to have done in at least half of the times they used it.

Effects on Child:

  • There is a 93% agreement in scientific studies that spanking is harmful to children.
  • Spanking leads to more antisocial behavior in childhood, and increased aggression, spousal abuse, and child abuse in adulthood.
  • Spanking lowers IQ later in life and reduces the ability for children to use their faculty of reason.
  • Children that are spanked are twice as likely to develop alcohol addiction and other drug abuse problems.
  • Corporal punishment slows the development of mental abilities and cognitive development.
  • Worldwide, the more prevalent spanking is in nations, the lower the Average IQ.
  • Spanking causes post traumatic stress symptoms.
  • If a child is spanked, they are likely to justify and advocate spanking.
  • Aggression against children, makes children more aggressive.
  • Spanking causes social problems, such as: cheating, lying, meanness to others, and bullying.
  • Anxiety disorder.
  • Crime and risk factor for child abuse later in life.
  • Spanking teaches children to use aggression and force to get what they want.

When punitive parenting (using spanking) changes at 2 to 3 to non-punitive parenting, children score just as low in aggressive behavior as those in non-punitive environments. As parents, we can change and reverse our mistakes!

Violence always acheives the opposite of an intended goal. -Stefan Molyneux

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