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Parents often spank out of anger and for trivial reasons, real-time study finds
Parents spank kids more often than they admit
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Most Parents Who Spank Their Kids Say It Doesn't Work
Parents spank their children much more often than they admit and for trivial misbehaviors, suggest the just-published results of a study based on real-time home audio recordings. The study also found that parents tend to strike their children out of anger and quite quickly after the children misbehaved — in other words, not as last resort. The children in the study who were hit or slapped by their parents typically misbehaved again within 10 minutes. On average, parents hit or spanked just half a minute after the conflict began. The findings were not officially published, however, until Monday, when they appeared in the Journal of Family Psychology.
And one of the hardest parts, the survey found, is discipline: figuring how to instill in a small human the qualities that will ensure he or she becomes a healthy and responsible human. Or will just make it to elementary school without poisoning or garroting themselves or their siblings. The survey showed, encouragingly, that most parents understood that.