- A US national survey done in 2012 showed that over 50% of women and 75% of men think that kids occasionally need a “good hard spanking” to behave. Researchers though beg to differ, stating that corporal punishment alters the brain – not only in the way of trauma, but also in the literal loss of gray matter.
- A study published in Pediatrics in 2010 discovered that spanking a 3-year-old child was connected to a higher risk of being aggressive by age 5. Ironically, the more children are disciplined for lack of self-control, the less they will get it. Elizabeth Gershoff, an associate professor at the University of Texas in Austin and the foremost expert on spanking in the United States today, has been studying corporal punishment for 15 years and has never found any positive result of spanking children among hundreds of studies.
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