Tulane study: Pediatricians say no to spanking

David Blake
June 13, 2018 - 12:49 pm
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It's not a universal condemnation, but a new survey of pediatricians around the country found most believe spanking never or seldom improves a child's behavior.  

It's an age old question: does spanking lead to better discipline?  A new study by researchers at Tulane University found 74 percent of the responding pediatricians did not approve of spanking and even more, 78 percent, thought spanking never or seldom improved children’s behavior.

Dr. Catherine Taylor,  with Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, told WWL First News "the science of what's healthiest for children both in terms of their physical health, their mental health and their behavioral health, is really clear at this point."

Taylor sent a questionnaire to 1,500 pediatricians. Most of the respondents have been practicing physicians for more than 15 years and nearly all were in primary care. The question is still debated in homes all over the country.

''Does hitting children actually achieve the kind of outcome that parents are looking for? Because parents are just doing their best trying to raise happy and healthy kids,'' Taylor said.

The study is published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
 

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