A 2016 analysis of multiple studies, for example, found that children do not benefit from spanking.
“Certainly you can get a child’s attention, but it’s not an effective strategy to teach right from wrong,” Dr. Sege said.
Recent studies have also shown that corporal punishment is associated with increased aggression and makes it more likely that children will be defiant in the future. Spanking alone is associated with outcomes similar to those of children who experience physical abuse, the new academy statement says.
There are potential ramifications to the brain as well: A 2009 study of 23 young adults who had repeated exposure to harsh corporal punishment found reduced gray matter volume in an area of the prefrontal cortex that is believed to play a crucial role in social cognition. Those exposed to harsh punishment also had a lower performance I.Q. than that of a control group.FULL ARTICLE HERE
This helps explain why all my siblings are so fucked up. I was spared the great red welts of the giant hand or belt, (which is not to say that I was not scared shitless by the insecure fumings of an autocratic future alcoholic, i.e., divorcee). My siblings were not spared, and grew to be stale, awkward zombies who communicated as if they kept walking into a glass plate, i.e., some barrier to their frontal cortex. They did learn to plan and deal with life, but somewhat in the way a sociopath connives and wheedles. I don't know if there are many studies between corporal punishment and future psychopathy, but it seems obvious to me. The baby animal torturers grow up to be the ones who care enough to control everyone and every damn thing, since they feel so ultimately adrift, and with little other sense of right and wrong that that which injustice beat into them, and that is no rooting for real humanity.
I did, however, get thrown into the back of a car seat, fracturing my skull, which clearly contributed to the development of my CFS and vertigo/dementia, which is a whole other can of monkeys.
Now, I had a really, really intense, un-PC comment here, which I deleted. Can any of you imagine what it might have been? It began like this:\
"Parents, if you are going to beat you children, make sure..."