Spanking children may lead to bad behaviors, review finds

The CBS News (4/26, Marcus) website reports, “Spanking a child leads to bad behaviors, not the better manners some parents may think a smack on the bottom will elicit,” research suggests. Investigators “from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan analyzed 75 studies involving more than 150,000 children that spanned 50 years.”

US News & World Report (4/26, Dicker) reports that the review, which was published in the April issue of the Journal of Family Psychology, “found that children punished using spanking were more likely to experience negative consequences such as aggression and antisocial behavior.” What’s more, “the more frequently children were spanked, the more likely they were to exhibit these undesirable behaviors,” the review found.