According to a 2016 UNICEF survey, approximately 60% of children worldwide still receive physical punishment. New research shows that physical discipline, especially slapping the buttocks on children, is harmful to all children.
Bottom palms given to children do not bring any benefit. That’s what scientists say!
When it comes to disciplining your children when they break the rules, there are several different ways. Some parents yell at them, punish them, or give them time to think about what they did. You can have a meaningful discussion with your children about the things they did wrong.
It appears that about 60% of children worldwide still receive some form of corporal punishment
The palms at the bottom are the most common shape, being incredibly controversial. In fact, the level of approval for this form of discipline is declining. Many adults remember that they received slaps in the ass as a child. In fact, in 1986, 84% of people agreed with this form of discipline, according to a 2012 FiveThirtyEight report . In 2012, the percentage dropped to about 70%. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan examined research on the effects of the palms on the bottom of children. Teams were concerned that physical discipline was too vaguely defined in previous research. They found that there were several abusive and harsh behaviors that accompanied the palms at the bottom. The teams redefined the deadline for their work, saying that the palms on the bottom are hitting a child on the bottom with the palm open.
Research teams have decided to exclude harsher forms of corporal punishment from their studies. They wanted to analyze the results of the palms at the bottom of the children’s lives. But they also looked at studies comparing palms to the bottom with physical abuse and found that both had negative results, which were similar in magnitude and identical in direction.
Elizabeth Gershoff of the University of Texas and Andrew Grogan-Kaylo r of the University of Michigan were the lead authors of the study. According to them, the question is whether parents should slap their children in the ass to correct their misconduct, which comes with arguments from an ethical, religious, and human rights perspective.
The research team found that most studies that correlated the palms at the bottom given to children with negative results as children grew up were not incredibly methodological. There were only a few studies that used controlled experiments in which one group of mothers slapped their babies on the bottom and another did not.
Gershoff and Grogan-Kaylor included those studies in their meta-analyses. Another 39 studies that were not previously examined for these types of studies were also included. In total, the researchers included 75 different studies, with data from nearly 161,000 children.
When the meta-analysis was completed, the teams found some disturbing results. They found that in most studies, there was an association between the palms at the bottom and a negative result on the child. Then they gave examples for those harmful results. These included aggression, low moral internalization, antisocial behavior, externalization of behavioral problems, internalization of behavioral problems, mental health problems, negative parent-child relationships, low cognitive ability, low self-esteem, and the risk of physical abuse by parents. . The palms at the bottom were associated with 13 out of a total of 17 negative results evaluated by scientists.
According to research, there is no evidence that children’s palms are associated with improved children’s behavior.
What do you think about this form of “education”?