Dating and spanking
(2013) show that father’s high-frequency spanking at age five was associated with lower child vocabulary scores at age nine.
Other studies have shown corresponding effects on school achievement.
For example, parents who spank their children may be weaker parents overall, and spanking is simply one way in which this difference in parenting quality manifests itself.
So: are parents who spank their children different on other dimensions of parenting?
Recent research has added support to these findings.
A 2009 study examined two cohorts of children within the National Longitudinal Study of Youth (NLSY) and found that, even controlling for other parenting behaviors and demographics, children of mothers who used little or no corporal punishment “gained cognitive ability faster than children who were spanked.” Mac Kenzie et al.
There is also robust evidence of an increased incidence of aggression among children who are regularly spanked.We investigate the relationship between parenting and corporal punishment using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Children of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1979 (CNLSY).As in our previous Parenting Gap research, we employ the HOME-SF scale as our proxy for parenting quality, but limit our sample to children who were ages 3 to 5 in 1986, one of the survey’s largest cohorts, and for whom the HOME-SF scale information is available.Everyone knows that from behind the anonymity of a computer or phone screen, many men won’t hesitate to let their inner creep fly.
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It is very likely that there will be other factors associated with both spanking and child outcomes.