The most recent country to adopt a ban was Nepal, earlier this year. A new study published in the online journal BMJ Open alleges that there is a robust correlation between countries that ban corporal punishment, such as spanking, and a reduction in youth violence. The study looked atyoung people from 88 countries, measuring the frequency with which they get into fights.
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 thanadolescents 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.
Numerous studies over the years have found that children who are spanked are more likely to become teens and then adults who are violent. They are also more prone to suffer with psychological problems, abuse drugs and alcoholand own firearms, some studies have found. This latest analysis, however, turns the question around and looks at whether NOT spanking a child makes them less likely to be violent -- as measured by rates of crime in countries where the practice has been banned.
Physical or corporal punishment by a parent or other legal guardian is any act causing deliberate physical pain or discomfort to a minor child in response to some undesired behavior. It typically takes the form of spanking or slapping the child with an open hand or striking with an implement such as a belt, slipper, canehairbrush or paddleand can also include shaking, pinching, forced ingestion of substances, or forcing children to stay in uncomfortable positions. Social acceptance of corporal punishment is high in countries where it remains lawful, particularly among more traditional groups.
All rights reserved. While spanking was a common form of disciplining kids for years, the tactic is now banned in 43 countries. And Canada could be next.
InSweden became the first country to ban the corporal punishment of children. Earlier this year, Nepal became the 54th country to do so. Don't see the graphic above?
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The purpose of this paper is to contribute to a global perspective on corporal punishment by examining differences between mothers' and fathers' use of corporal punishment with daughters and sons in nine countries. Seventeen percent of parents believed that the use of corporal punishment was necessary to rear the target child. Overall, boys were more frequently punished corporally than were girls, and mothers used corporal punishment more frequently than did fathers. There were significant differences across countries, with reports of corporal punishment use lowest in Sweden and highest in Kenya.
Spanking may be increasingly harmful for children on a more global scale than previously known, a new University of Michigan study indicates. Most research on how spanking affects children has involved studying families in high-income countries, such as the United States and Canada, but less was known about how spanking affects children in low- and middle-income countries -- or developing countries. The new international research used data collected by UNICEF in 62 countries -- representing nearly one-third of the world's countries -- and demonstrated that caregivers' reports of spanking were related to lower social development among3- and 4-year-old children.