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
Sources: http://www.fdrurl.com/spanking and freedomainradio.com