Study: Spanked Children May Grow up to be Happier, More Successful
Small children may actually benefit from being physically disciplined.
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
Misbehaving children who were spanked up to the age of six are likely as teenagers to do better in school and go to college than their peers who were not spanked, a new study reveals.
Marjorie Gunnoe, a professor of psychology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surveyed a group of 2,600 people, one-fourth of whom had never been physically chastised, and found that spanking was actually beneficial for young children. However, kids who were spanked into their teen years showed behavioral problems.
“The claims made for not spanking children fail to hold up. They are not consistent with the data,” said Gunnoe. “I think of spanking as a dangerous tool, but there are times when there is a job big enough for a dangerous tool. You just don’t use it for all your jobs.” (Fox News)