New research claims that children who are spanked grow up to be happier and more successful in school than kids who have never been hit. They're also more likely to do volunteer work and attend college.
They're also more likely to have behavioral problems and get into fights than kids who haven't been spanked.
Marjorie Gunnoe, a psychology professor at Calvin College in Michigan interviewed 2,600 teenagers, some of whom had been hit as children and some who hadn't. Those who had been spanked only between the ages of two and six were academically successful and optimistic about the future. Those who were spanked between the ages of seven and eleven showed more antisocial behavior, violence, and depression, but they were even more likely to do well in school. Teens who were still being hit didn't fare as well.
"The claims that are made for not spanking children fail to hold up," said Professor Gunnoe. "I think of spanking as a dangerous-tool, but then there are times when there is a job big enough for a dangerous tool. You don't use it for all your jobs."
Spanking is banned in 20 European countries, but it's legal in the U.S.
Child development experts disagree with Gunnoe's findings and say no good can come from hitting a child.
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