Kids who are spanked tend to do worse on vocabulary tests, new study finds

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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:00 am

The majority of U.S. children have been spanked at some time in their life, despite a robust body of evidence suggesting that spanking a child leads to problems.

The latest evidence of the negative effects of spanking comes from researchers at Columbia University. After analyzing data from more than 1,500 families, they found that children who are spanked in early childhood are not only more likely to be aggressive as older children, but they are also more likely to do worse on vocabulary tests than their peers who had not been spanked.

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