According to The News Independent, a new study by researchers from the University of Texas and the University of Michigan has shown that spanking has more negative side effects than positives ones. Specifically, it won't curb bad behavior, but instead causes aggression and anti-social behavior.
"We found that spanking was associated with unintended detrimental outcomes and was not associated with more immediate or long-term compliance, which are parents' intended outcomes when they discipline their children," said study author Elizabeth Gershoff.
Published in the Journal of Family Psychology, researchers analyzed fifty years worth of studies involving spanking. Rather than take into account other forms of punishment, Gershoff and the other researchers only focused on spanking.
The Chicago Tribune reported that not a single positive factor was recognized in nearly five decades of cases.
"Spanking makes children's behavior worse,"said Gershoff. "It has the opposite effect than what parents want. It doesn't make children better-behaved, and it doesn't teach children right from wrong. It's not related to immediate compliance, and it doesn't make children behave better in the future."
And for those naysayers who protest that they turned out fine, Gershoff add that there was more than just a spanking back then. There was communication.
"We turned out okay because our parents did other things, like sat us down at the kitchen table and talked to us and gave us reasons why they wanted to see us behave. We turned out okay in spite of spanking, not because of it."