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Despite Harms, Parents Continue to Spank Kids

Parents should not use physical punishment on their kids, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

A growing body of research demonstrates that physical punishment is actually harmful to children.

Spanking and other forms of severe discipline – such as verbally berating or humiliating a child – have been repeatedly linked to behavioral, emotional, psychological, and academic problems.

But spanking is still prevalent in American families and legal in all states.

About two-thirds of Americans agreed that “a good, hard spanking” is sometimes necessary to discipline a child, according to a recent national survey.

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