Strong evidence yet against spanking - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Strong evidence yet against spanking

SPOKANE, Wash. - A new study finds spanking children at age three increases the chance they'll behave aggressively once they reach kindergarten.

A survey of nearly 2,500 mothers found those who reported spanking their children more than twice in the past month had more aggressive five year olds.

The aggression remained even after the researchers accounted for other influential factors, like alcohol use at home and stressed parents.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against spanking, although most U.S. parents approve of spanking as a form of punishment.

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