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Young chil­dren who are reg­u­larly spanked by their par­ents are likely to have lower so­cial de­vel­op­ment, warns a new study.

Spank­ing is one of the most com­mon forms of child dis­ci­pline or an act of slap­ping used by par­ents world­wide. The study showed that a child’s so­cial de­vel­op­ment suf­fered in both the cases in which he or she was spanked or dur­ing the times when a sib­ling was spanked. “It ap­pears that spank­ing may do more harm than good,” said Gar­rett Pace, lead au­thor from the Univer­sity of Michigan in the US.

“Re­duc­tions in cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment might do a great deal to re­duce the bur­den of chil­dren’s men­tal health and im­prove child de­vel­op­ment out­comes glob­ally,” Pace added.

For the study, the team used data col­lected by Unicef in 62 coun­tries and demon­strated that care­givers’ re­ports of spank­ing were re­lated to lower so­cial de­vel­op­ment among 215,885, 3 and 4-year-old chil­dren. In fact, 54 coun­tries have banned the use of cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment, which can only ben­e­fit chil­dren’s well-be­ing in the long term, ac­cord­ing to the study.

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