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Child Dev Perspect. 2013 Sep 1;7(3):133-137.

Spanking and Child Development: We Know Enough Now To Stop Hitting Our Children.

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Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas at Austin.


Spanking remains a common, if controversial, childrearing practice in the United States. In this article, I pair mounting research indicating that spanking is both ineffective and harmful with professional and human rights opinions disavowing the practice. I conclude that spanking is a form of violence against children that should no longer be a part of American childrearing.

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