Children who are spanked by their parents go on to have more aggressive behavior, which in turn predicts increased spanking, according to a team of Columbia University researchers. Lead author, CSSW Associate Professor Michael MacKenzie, said: “Parents with more challenging children need support to avoid this escalating pattern.”
Children who are spanked by their parents are at greater risk for later problems in both vocabulary and behavior, a team of Columbia University researchers has found. One of them, CSSW Associate Professor Michael MacKenzie, said: “This is an important finding, because few studies in this area have examined effects on cognitive development.”
A new study, published August 5 in PNAS, finds that the onset of the Great Recession and deteriorating economic conditions has lead mothers—particularly those who carry a gene variation that makes them more sensitive to their environment—to engage in harsh parenting. Professor Irwin Garfinkel is a co-author.