Spanking kids has been a debatable subject whether it is acceptable form of punishment or not. It is banned in 32 countries. Regardless of what people think, I more curious about the long lasting effect from spanking kid. Let’s see at the facts shall we?
#5 Kids become Agressive
One study from researcher Andrea Gromoske and Kathryn Maguire-Jack in the Journal of Family and Marriage in 2012. They examine 3,870 kids around the world where the parent smack their kid from 1 year old. They found that the smacked kid when they reach age 3 they would more likely to be aggressive, they tend to hit stuff and scream a lot. By the time they reach age 5 they would have the tendency to develop depression and anxiousness.
Another study, Dr Joan Durrant from University of Manitoba that gone 20 years of research found that kid who are physically disciplined or yelled at when they’re naughty, They are more likely to develop aggressive behaviour when they are adult.
And another study published in Pediatrics, researcher in Tulane University that examine 2500 kid found that those who were spanked frequently at age 3 are more likely to be aggressive at age 5.
Okay, I got it already… Smacking kid will make them aggressive and depressive and has chance for the aggressiveness to continue to adulthood. Tell, me something else…
#4 lower IQ
Smack your naughty kid and in the end they would be more obedient and also stupider. what?
A sociologist from the University of New Hampshire, Murray Straus with his colleague Mallie Paschall from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Maryland found that smacking kid could lower the kid IQ. They found that in 32 countries where spanking were accepted the average IQ is lower than those that ban spanking.
Straus and Paschall has been collecting data from 1980, their sample data consist of 806 kids age 2-5 and 706 kid age 5-9. First they test the IQ of the kids and examine it again 4 year later. They found that those who are spanked from age 2 to 5 has lower IQ up to 5 point than those who aren’t spanked. While the kid spanked at age 5 to 9 has lower IQ up to 2.8 point that those who aren’t spanked. They said that the cause maybe the stress, anxiety and fear from spanking lower the brain development for the kids.
#3 Sexual Problem as Adult
Murray Straus not only found that kids that are smacked has lower IQ, but he also found that those kids have sexual problem when they reach adulthood. What kind of sexual problem are we talking about here? They would have the tendency to coerced sex, which mean the person are more likely to verbally and physically coerce their dating partner to make love. Risky sex, which mean the person are more likely not using condom when doing it. Masochistic sex, which mean they are aroused by spanking.
Talk about akward adulthood…
#2 Risk of Cancer, Asthma, and Cardiac disease
What does smacking your kid has to do with cancer anyway?
Professor Michael Hyland, from Plymouth University in Devon publish a research in Journal of Behavioural Medicine where the study found that smacking kid could lead to stress and trauma which lead to cancer and other diseases or so they say. They study 700 people in Saudi Arabia, where 250 are healthy people, 150 have cancer, 150 have cardiac disease, and another 150 with asthma. They found that those who are smacked when they were a child has 70 percent more chances to develop cancer, and 60 percent chance to develop asthma and 30 percent more chance to develop cardiac disease.
#1 Become Successful? and happier???
In another study. They found that kids that are smacked when they are bad turn out to be more successful and happier than those who are not. Wait, what? This contradict to all the studies above…
A study from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, with their professor of psychology, Marjorie Gunnoe found that young kid (before age 6) who has been spanked when they are naughty perform better at school when they are teenagers. Gunnoe ask 2600 people where a quarter of them has never been smacked. They are being questioned about their behaviour, academic success, optimism about the future, antisocial behaviour, violence and depression. Teenager who have been smacked at age 2 to 6 prove to be better on all of those than those who never been smacked. In another group of sample of teenager where they last smacked were at age 7 to 11 done not too bad either, it is better than those who never been disciplined.
This kinda make you confuse whether spanking is bad or not yea? then why not accept both result. In another unrelated study, scientist found that spanking increase the likeliness for the child to have mental illness, and addiction when reaching adulthood. However, if you read carefully it also says ”Increases in education level and income level were both associated with increased odds of harsh physical punishment”. So if you want your kid to grow into a successful, aggressive, depressed man with a chance of having cancer and sexual problem then go ahead smack your kid.
Hey, don’t look at me I’m just gathering all the evidence here. It’s up to you to decide whether to spank or not to spank your kid…