Spanking tied to later aggression among kids, report says

Posted at 3:11 PM, Oct 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-21 15:11:08-04

Do you believe spanking will help teach an out of control child to stay in line? A new study suggests the opposite may be true.

According to, researchers found kids who were spanked as five-year-olds were slightly more likely to be aggressive and break rules later in elementary school.

Those results are in keeping with past research, said Elizabeth Gershoff. She studies parental discipline and its effects at the University of Texas at Austin.

“There’s just no evidence that spanking is good for kids,” she told Reuters Health.

Read the complete report from Reuters, HERE.