When Parents Stop Spanking Massachusetts Kids, Kids Stop Hitting One Another

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2019 | Children |

Countries that ban corporal punishment boast lower rates of youth violence,according to a new study. The results, culled from an analysis of violent behavior in 88 countries, suggests that overall rates of physical fighting among young men and women are up to 69 percent lower when national laws forbid parents from slapping or spanking their children.

These findings add to a growing body of evidence on links between corporal punishment and adolescent health and safety. A growing number of countries have banned corporal punishment as an acceptable means of child discipline and this is an important step that should be encouraged.

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