A study published today in the BMJ Open shows that in countries where there is a complete ban on all corporal punishment of children there is less fighting among young people. Previous studies have shown a clear relationship between childhood spanking and a host of negative outcomes later on ranging from aggression to mental health problems. In this case, however, the researchers caution that they see an association rather than a causal relationship between legal bans on corporal punishment and violence in youth. To be able to show an effect of bans on youth violence, we will need to go back in years after more data has been collected.
Societies that do not permit parents or teachers to spank or slap children as punishment for unwanted behavior have less youth violence, according to a study published recently in the journal BMJ Open. For the study, researchers at McGill University in Canada analyzed global data collected on more than , adolescents aged 13 to 17 in 88 countries. The data included findings from a survey that asked young people of varying ages how often they had gotten into fights during the previous 12 months. According to the survey, frequent fighting was three times more common in teenage boys 9.
This resource is designed to inform service providers and practitioners about corporal punishment research and legislation. It outlines recent research literature from to and discusses the use and effects of corporal punishment on children. It explores the factors that influence the use of corporal punishment and provides a brief overview of alternative disciplinary techniques. Finally, it summarises current legislation regarding the use of corporal punishment as a means of disciplining children in Australia. Information is current at the time of publication.
Overall, rates of physical fighting were 42 percent lower among girls and 69 percent lower among boys in countries with full bans on corporal punishment at home and in school than in nations without prohibitions on spanking or hitting kids. An estimated 17 percent of adolescents worldwide have experienced corporal punishment at home or in school in the past month, researchers note. Corporal punishment is typically intended to cause pain but not physically injure children.