They also controlled for those who had suffered abuse as children – those they identified as being left with bruises or requiring medical attention at the time of the abuse.“Kids learn how to behave towards other people by following the examples their parents set for them,” said Cindy Gellner, MD, a pediatrician with University of Utah Health.
When problem behaviors do arise, punishments like time outs, loss of privileges, or having to face natural consequences can be very effective.
“Children who are spanked or had other corporal punishments could grow up to be more likely to have mental health issues or have substance use disorders,” said Gellner. Geller said some of the best discipline isn’t even about discipline at all.
Instead, it’s about focusing on your child’s good behaviors and encouraging them to repeat them.
“Children who are repeatedly spanked learn that aggression is a normal way to react in a stressful situation and so they lash out at those they love when they are older.” This research is just the latest to question the efficacy of corporal punishment on childrenand its long term effects.
Previous studies have looked at if these sorts of punishments could lead to aggressive behavior or other problems later on.