5 Reasons Physically Punishing Kids Is Ineffective And Damaging Plus 5 Loving Alternatives

Leads To Child’s Slower Mental Development

The repeated use of physical force on a child also causes lingering emotional and mental pain.

According to a 2012 study published on Pediatrics, “harsh physical punishment was associated with increased odds of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and personality disorders.”

Leads To Reduced Cognitive Ability

Whether the kid had a slower rate of cognitive ability or not at that time it happened, physical force “slows the rate of further cognitive development, with the result that 4 years down the road, the children who were hit by their parents may fall behind the average even more.” According to a 2009 study done by Murray A. Strauss and Mallie J. Paschal, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between physical punishment and cognitive ability development,

the fear and stress associated with being hit takes a toll on a child’s brain development and lowers their IQ in the process.

Leads To Trust Issues

Physical force also leads to a deterioration in the relationship between the parent and the child. Trust is lost and, according to a study done by Ronald Rohner as cited by the Global Initiative to End Corporal Punishment, it can make children feel rejected by their parents, plus teach them to fear and avoid their parents.

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