Spanking Raises Risk of Later Sexual Problems
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By: Psych Central News Editor
Reviewed by: John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
on February 29, 2008
Friday, Feb. 29 (Psych Central) -- Children who are spanked are more likely to develop sexual problems as adults, according to new research presented yesterday. A meta-analysis of spanking studies found 93 percent agreement among studies that spanking can lead to such problems as delinquent and anti-social behavior in childhood along with aggression, criminal and anti-social behavior and spousal or child abuse as an adult.
The researchers suggested that children whose parents spanked, slapped, hit or threw objects at them may have a greater chance of physically or verbally coercing a sexual partner, engaging in risky sexual behavior or engaging in masochistic sex, including sexual arousal by spanking. The researchers warned, however, that this is not a one-to-one or causal relationship.
The study also found that 90 percent of U.S. parents spank toddlers.
After 30 years of studying corporal punishment, Murray Straus, a spanking expert, concluded, “parents should never, ever spank because, although it does work, it’s no better than non-hitting methods that don’t have harmful side effects. If there was an FDA for spanking, they’d say use an alternative that doesn’t have harmful side effects.”