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Does physical punishment increase aggression?




Spanking and corporal punishment have been standard techniques parents have used to discipline their children for generations. But, recent studies have shown that physical punishment does more harm to the child than good.


One of the most common results measured in children who faced corporal punishment from their parents as a means to discipline them is increased aggression.


What did studies find?


  1. Parental use of physical punishment might pose a higher risk for violent behaviour as they grow up to be young adults. As children grew up with abusive parents - they normalised that behaviour and began using the same tactics in their lives to resolve their conflicts too.

  2. Adolescents are more likely to engage in violent activities such as fighting or bullying. Others were found to have faced physical punishment from their parents to teach discipline.

  3. When parents showed disapproval of the use of violence, their kids also grew up with a more social and positive attitude. Positive reinforcement - encouraging them to adopt positive behaviours, on the other hand, resulted in better-tempered, well-behaved, socially pleasant adolescents.


As parents, you're the strongest influencers on how your child learns and behaves - not just now but throughout their life.


Therefore, you must set a good example and avoid resorting to violent tactics to teach them discipline.


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