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Spanking, corporal punishment and negative long-term outcomes: A meta-analytic review of longitudinal studies

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Research reports & papers
Author :
Christopher J. Ferguson
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This paper presents a meta-analysis of longitudinal studies of negative effects of spanking. It shows that spanking had a small but non-trivial negative effect on cognitive performance and the effects of spanking were largely trivial for other behavior problems. It goes on further to show that spanking has not only few benefits, but also fewer negative consequences than often assumed.