Saturday, September 26, 2009
Don't Spare the Rod, Ruin the Child
Research at the University of New Hampshire involving hundreds of American children suggests that spanking is inversely related IQ scores - i.e. the more a child was spanked the lower their IQ. Results held even after "accounting for parental education, income, cognitive stimulation by parents and other factors that could affect children's mental abilities."
Researchers noted the experience is traumatic, can adversely affect the brain and cause children to have more stressful responses in difficult situations - meaning their cognitive abilities are inhibited.