Analysis of research reveals negative effects of child spanking

The more children get spanked, the more likely they are to defy parents

A study published in the journal of family psychology analysing 52 years of research on spanking and representing 160,927 children showed that most children (80%) were spanked or otherwise physically punished by their parents.

The study also showed spanking is associated with higher risk for detrimental outcomes; aggression, antisocial behaviour, mental health problem and cognitive difficulties.

The meta-analyses presented in this study also found no evidence that spanking is associated with improved child behaviour.