New Report Says Spanking May Be Linked to Lifelong Social, Mental Health Problems in Kids

Dr. Richard Besser explores the findings of the report from experts from the University of Texas at Austin and University of Michigan.
1:41 | 04/28/16

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We have a parenting alert about spanking. Nearly 70% of Americans say they approve of it but a new study says it could raise the risk of long-term problems for children. Our chief health and medical editor Dr. Besser here to break it down, a meta study, a study of studies. This si controversial topic and period trigs ask about it all the time. Hundreds of studies have been done but one concern is a lot of them included more severe forms of physical forms like hitting with an object. 75 studies were just spanking, hitting on the bottom with an open hand and what they found was there was no long-term benefits and some potential long-term harms. That is the potential harm. These can't prove it because you're not randomly assigning kids to be spanked or not but when they looked at kids with various outcomes, these children were more likely to have been spanked. Children with aggressive behavior, children with low self-esteem, poor parent/child relationships and mental illness like depression more common in kids who were spanked? What are the most effective Fors of discipline. What you want to do is shape behavior so what I say first is catch your child being good. You know, praise works so much better. If you can catch them being good and reinforce that that's so much more effective. When their behavior needs shaped. Time-outs are great for kids 2 to 5. Older kids, removing some of their privileges and modeling good behavior. When you spank when you're angry you're teaching your kid when they're out of control they should uss violence and it doesn't work and often it's the parent who needs the time-out. That's true. About the only thing that helps in our home is taking away the phone. It is magic. If you know what makes them tick, that works. Go for it, thanks very much.

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