A five-decade-old study has unveiled that spanking kids can make them aggressive and cause social abnormalities. Kids who are beaten or physically abused in childhood tend to be anti-social and criminals in future. According to researchers, kids who are kept with love and care are more social and friendly when compared to the kids who receive constant beating from their parents.
Researchers have analysed records of more than 160,000 children from five decades and found that open-handed hit on head and cheeks can increase mental aggression, cognitive difficulties and leads adverse anti-social behaviour.
“Our analysis focuses on what most Americans would recognise as spanking and not on potentially abusive behaviours,” said Elizabeth Gershoff from The University of Texas at Austin in the US.
“We found that spanking was associated with unintended detrimental outcomes and was not associated with more immediate or long-term compliance, which are parents’ intended outcomes when they discipline their children,” Gershoff added in the paper published in the Journal of Family Psychology.
The study authors observed the available public records found that childhood hitting made people more aggressive. In addition, when spanked subjects became parents, they too spanked their children unnecessarily. Thus, it becomes a chain that carries into generations and leads social abnormalities.
“The upshot of the study is that spanking increases the likelihood of a wide variety of undesired outcomes for children. Spanking thus does the opposite of what parents usually want it to do,” said co-author Grogan-Kaylor University of Michigan’s school of social work in the US.
Spanking as well as physical abuse both are dangerous for society especially for children when they are soft mentally, they need proper assistance and guidance from their parents instead of hardcore beating. Study authors requested parents to treat their offsprings with care and try to give them positive vibes.