What other studies Carol? How about coming up with some? Or even one? There aren't any that show any positive effects of corporal punishment.<quoted text>
Other studies disagree with you.
Many of us were disciplined with a ruler, switch or flyswatter and knew its distinction from abuse.
Differing on how best to discipline children is one thing. Ignoring discipline altogether is another.
That is what's happening today.
Whether the consequences for bad behavior is a spanking or another effective method, children are fine if they understand they are loved - and each child is different.
There'd have to be proof the child who killed his teacher was raised in an abusive - or a permissive - home.
Both are fringe ends of the discipline spectrum.
The happy medium is somewhere in the middle.
Physical punishment models aggression for children. According to Lynn Namka, EdD, physical punishment engenders more aggression in the child, even if it initially appears to stop the behavior. Children cannot always understand the difference between unacceptable physical aggression for which they get punished, such as hitting and shoving, and the physical aggression they receive as punishment. Corporal punishment can lead to increased aggression for kids in school, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Physical punishment has an impact on cognitive development. A 1998 study by Murray A. Straus and Mallie J. Paschall, titled "Corporal Punishment by Mothers and Child's Cognitive Development," revealed that children who were spanked were less able to keep up with the cognitive development level expected for their age. It can even lower their IQ, notes Psychology Today. Spanking can reduce a child's brain's grey matter, which is a crucial since it influences learning abilities.
Adolescents who receive physical punishment are three times more likely to grow up to abuse their own children, according to . The study by Straus found that 7 percent of never-spanked adolescents grow up to abuse their children, compared to 24 percent of those who were spanked. Spanking teaches children that it's okay to hurt people and this can lead them to believe you solve problems by hitting. These children may continue this way of thinking into adulthood, causing them to hit their spouse or children. It should be noted, however, that the vast majority of people, whether or not they received physical punishment, are unlikely to abuse their children.