A study released yesterday by a University of
New Hampshire professor suggests kids who are spanked have a lower
IQ down the road than those who aren't.
The results were more pronounced in younger children: IQs of
children ages 2 to 4 who were not spanked were 5 points higher four
years later than their un-spanked peers, while the IQs of children
ages 5 to 9 years old who were not spanked were 2.8 points
Also linked to spanking? Higher rates of post-traumatic stress
symptons like heightened awareness, anxiety and being easily
The more often parents spanked, the more significant the effect,
but even occasional spanking - once or twice over the course of
childhood - made a difference.
The study notes:
is extremely stressful and can become a chronic stressor for young
children, who typically experience corporal punishment three or
more times a week...
Twenty-four countries ban the practice - the United States in not
one of them - and the use of corporal punishment has been falling
in recent decades.
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