Gershoff Research on Spanking Featured in Wall Street Journal

Thu, December 21, 2017
Gershoff Research on Spanking Featured in Wall Street Journal
Research by Gershoff in WSJ.

PRC researcher Elizabeth Gershoff's meta-analysis of spanking research is featured in the Wall Street Journal.

More than 12,000 American families were surveyed, from their children’s kindergarten year through eighth grade, as part of the nationally representative Early Childhood Longitudinal Study. The researchers found that a child who was spanked at age 5 was far more likely to have behavior problems at age 6, and more serious ones again at age 8, according to teachers’ ratings.

“This is the closest we can get, outside of an experiment, to say that spanking causes negative changes in children’s behavior. I can’t think of another way to explain our results,” says Gershoff.

Read the full article here.

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