Spank-then-cuddle is bad parenting

By TNT Bureau

Feb 11, 2016: According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, corporal punishment should not be followed by love and warmth. Lead researcher Dr Jennifer E Lansford discouraged spanking a child and then immediately cuddling him, suggesting that it is wrong parenting.

The new study at the Duke University in the US determined that it worsens the situation that leads to anxiety and aggression experienced by the child. Dr Lansford is of the opinion that slapping a child and then trying to smooth things by loving him will have a negative impact on the child.

Dr Lansford, a research fellow at the Duke Social Science Research Institute, pointed out that showering warmth on a child whom you have hit hardly makes things better. It makes a child more aggressive.

The study interviewed about 1000 children and their mothers in eight countries including China, Italy, Colombia, Kenya, Jordan, Thailand, Philippines and the US to discuss about physical punishment.

According to Dr Lansford, the finding is quite worrying. Maternal love and warmth can ease the impact of light physical punishment between children of 8-10 years of age, but the anxiety and aggression never fade out.

According to Dr Lansford and her team, the combination of being physically disciplined and love may be too puzzling for the child, but why this happens they are not sure.

The study also highlighted instances of 43 countries where corporal punishment applied to a child is a crime.

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