Does spanking your child lead to behavior problems later in their lives?
A new study published in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics says the answer is, yes.
Researchers looked at the associated between spanking children three to five years of age and their behavior and responsive vocabulary through age nine.
Results show 57 percent of mothers and 40 percent of fathers spanked children when they were 3-years-old, while 52 percent of mothers and 33 percent of father spanked their children when they were 5-years-old.
Researchers found maternal spanking when the child is five-years-old is associated with a higher level of behavioral problems in that child by the age of nine.
They also found high-frequency paternal spanking when the child is five-years-old is associated with lower child receptive vocabulary scores by the age of nine.
The study’s results point to negative effects of spanking on children’s behavioral and cognitive growth.