Misbehaviors Of Spanking

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Spanking can lead to many developmental issues that may potentially hinder the child’s future life. It is an ineffective form of punishment that has been proven by many researchers and experiments to cause mainly unacceptable behaviours. Spanking is an act of slapping a child on the buttocks as a form of punishment (Google, 2016). As defined in google (2016), abuse is a cruel and violent treatment for a human. The definition of spanking and abuse are similar because both can cause harm to a human in a physical and/or a mental way. Many researchers have tried to discover the harms that occur with spanking, and the damaging effects it can cause. Most people are unaware that using spanking as a form of punishment can lead to aggression, non-compliance, …show more content…
One of the misbehaviours that causes a parent to spank their children is when the child is acting aggressively (Kennedy, 2014). While every child engages in some type of aggressive behaviour; treating that behaviour with aggression is ineffective. It shows the child that the type of behaviour the parent is using is okay. Spanking was not effective at achieving parents’ desired goal of reducing their child’s aggression; it consistently increased the child’s aggression over time, regardless of how aggressive the child was when the spanking occurred (Altschul & Gershoff, 2015). In Durrant’s research (2012), he discovered a child who is spanked will more likely be aggressive towards family members and/or peers. No study has established positive associations with physical discipline to date. Many parents understand that spanking is ineffective, even though they still tend to do it. He also discovered that in early experiments, pain elicits aggression; causing children who are spanked to act out in an aggressive manner. There is considerable evidence showing the negative effects of spanking and how it can lead to not only aggression, but many other problems such as …show more content…
Malmut (2013) researched the connections of spanking and delinquency. She discovered that spanking hinders the connection between the child and its parents and that the child is at high risk of hitting other children and their caregivers. As they grow up there is a high probability that the child will hit the person they are dating or married to (Malmut). In many countries spankings, have been outlawed (Belkin, 2013). In Scandinavian countries spanking was outlawed between 1979 and 1983 (Belkin). From this, researchers have tracked crime rates of children raised under the new law and they have discovered that crime rates, gun ownership and prison populations gone down ever since (Belkin). This proves the effects of spanking and how much it can do if parents find a new form of discipline. Most of a child’s socialization comes from the family (Sharp, 2014). If the family is not stable enough for the child than the child will form alternative bonds (Sharp). If the child is spanked and feels threatened, then it may feel the family is not stable, and will potentially form bonds with negative outside influences later in life because of being spanked (Sharp). Spanking may seem like a good form of discipline, but all research goes against

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