It seems so obvious, but a new study confirms that spanking children is a bad idea and even harmful for children on a more global scale than previously known.
From the press release:
Most research on how spanking affects children has involved studying families in high-income countries, such as the United States and Canada, but less was known about how spanking affects children in low- and middle-income countries–or developing countries.
Spanking is one of the most common forms of child discipline used by parents worldwide.
The new international research used data collected by UNICEF in 62 countries–representing nearly one-third of the world’s countries–and demonstrated that caregivers’ reports of spanking were related to lower social development among 215,885 3- and 4-year-old children.
A parent or caregiver was asked in person if the child gets along well with other children; if the child hits, kicks or bites others; and if the…
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