Don't spank your child. Study explains why

Ksenia Novikova
Apr 25, 2018
03:42 A.M.

Although many people think that spanking a child will teach them an important lesson, recent studies revealed that they might suffer from violent disorders as adults.


According to American Web Media, parents who hit and physically abused their children claim that this type of discipline worked for their parents

But, did they really? While many people would say that they're fine with the physical abuse they had to withstand as children, this might not be an optimal choice when it comes to parenting.

Recent studies show that it's the opposite, as these practices often serve as an emotional and retaliatory release for the parent.

Experts in the field recommend new parents to take the time to find the root of the problem, as this is a complex problem.

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A study was conducted by the University of Texas Medical Branch in which 800 adults were surveyed about their upbringing.


In the study, experts found a correlation between being physically violent as an adult with having to endure physical abuse as a child.

“Regardless of whether someone experienced child abuse or not, spanking alone was predictive of dating violence, Psychiatry Professor at The University of Texas Medical Branch, Jeff Temple, the study’s lead author, said.

In an article written by Dr. Denise Cummins for Psychology Today, parents are bigger in size than their children, which is scary for them.

Cummins also explained that parent's brains are fully developed, allowing them to be more capable of self-control in edge situations.


In the piece, she claims that when a parent tries to get children to behave better by hitting them, that parent is telling them that hitting people who are smaller and weaker than you is an acceptable way of getting anything from them.

'Why should it surprise that parent when their children beat up smaller children at school or grow up to be wife beaters?' Cummins wrote.

Nowadays, bullying is a major concern in the United States, yet parents still practice physically abusive behavior with their children.

According to the piece, hitting children will turn them into angry, resentful adults, with psychological and emotional problems.

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