Here’s another of many studies showing that spanking does harm.
…findings showed direct and indirect effects (via self-regulation) of early negative emotionality on later behaviors. …discipline practices in infancy had direct long-term implications for behaviors in 5th grade.
Aside from being obviously cruel, spanking doesn’t work, unless what you’re trying to do is make your child emotionally unbalanced and forgetful.
The more children are spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents and to experience increased anti-social behavior, aggression, mental health problems and cognitive difficulties, according to a new meta-analysis of 50 years of research on spanking.