Many parents continue to use physical force to try to discipline their children. These children are beaten by their parents to submit to their orders. Adults use the excuse that this worked for them. However, recent scientific studies have shown that this act can have a terrible effect on the future… young people who are spanked tend to be violent people when they grow up!
Some parents beat their children without even thinking of teaching them a lesson. The act serves only as an emotional release for the adult. However, discharging anger in children can turn them into violent, aggressive, and emotionally disturbed people. The University of Texas Medical Unit questioned about 800 adults and found something shocking. Most of those who have violent behaviors today were spanked when they were kids!
“Regardless of whether someone experienced child abuse or not, spanking alone was predictive of dating violence”, says a Psychiatry Professor of The University of Texas Medical, Branch Jeff.
“Parents are physically bigger and stronger than children. They also know more than children and, because their brains are fully developed, they are capable of greater self-control. When a parent tries to get children to behave better by hitting them, that parent is telling them that hitting people who are smaller and weaker than you is an acceptable way of getting what you want from them. Why should it surprise that parent when their children beat up smaller children at school, or grow up to be wife beaters?”
“A large meta-analysis of studies on the effects of punishment found that the more physical punishment children receive, the more defiant they are toward parents and authorities, the poorer their relationships with parents, the more likely they are to report hitting a dating partner or spouse,” escreveu a Dra. Denise Cummins.
In addition, studies show that children who are spanked are more susceptible to psychological and emotional problems. “They are also more likely to suffer mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse problems, and less likely to empathize with others or internalize norms of moral behavior,” Cummins writes.
Parents, control your emotions and begin to respect children by disciplining them properly. Physical violence is never the solution… share if you agree!
Source: Parenting isn’t Easy