Spankings might make kids more aggressive

A new study found children who were spanked frequently at age 3 were 50 percent more likely to be aggressive two years later than their counterparts who were not spanked.

Researchers say the study found although spanking may bring about immediate compliance it may do more harm than good in the long run. They encourage parents to be aware of this risk and to choose discipline strategies that are more or equally as effective but do not have the potential negative consequences of spanking.

The study was presented at the American Public Health Associations annual meeting in San Diego.

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