Spanking leads to bad behavior, says study

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Research over the course of five decades claim that spanking may do more harm than good

Contrary to popular belief, spanking may not be instilling better manners in our kids.

Recent research out of University of Texas in Austin and University of Michigan analyzed data gathered over the course of five decades.

The 75 studies involved 150,000 children.

"This is a wide swath of children and the findings are incredibly consistent," study author Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff told CBS News. "This shows there is a correlation between spanking and negative outcomes and absolutely no correlation between spanking and positive outcomes."

The study found that spanking doesn't correct children's behavior and it even leads to worse behavior as they get older. Dr. Gershoff and her team found that spanked kids were likely to become aggressive and antisocial.

Aggression breeds aggression

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"The irony is that many parents spank when their kids are aggressive. So the child thinks you can use spanking to get what you want - kids learn that," she said.

Over the years, spanking has become associated with antiquated parenting methods but some are now adopting a gentler, kinder form of spanking which also involved positive reinforcement.

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