A group of pediatricians’ have a valid proof which says that spanking not only alters the child’s behavior but it can also make them aggressive and suicidal in nature. Along with this, the group also has advised parents not to physically punish their children as it can cause a lot of long-term damage in the child’s behavior.
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A policy by the American Academy of Pediatrics has been released to substantiate their initial claim on the change in behavior in children due to physical punishment.
The policy says that aggression, changes related to brain function and also suicidal tendencies in adulthood can be increased when the child is punished physically by the parents.Also, parents were discouraged from spanking as per the AAP’s 1998 policy.
The recent amendment in the policy also states that any sort of physical or verbal abuse on the child should be avoided and that includes spanking, hitting, slapping, threatening, humiliating or shaming the children for their mistakes. The policy also recommends that the parents should find an alternate and a healthy way to mend their children for their wrongdoings.
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Though hitting and other forms of physical punishment can lead to short-term behavioral improvements, it creates a lot of impairment when it comes to long-term behavior changes. Hence, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended and strictly advised parents to refrain from any such activities which can damage the morale of the child in the long-run.
Though fewer children have emerged out to be quite successful in their career, spanking is certainly not necessary for current generation kids, and also parents can always choose not to give their favorite toys if the child is a menace or can make them feel deprived of their want in order to bring them in line.
There are also a lot of studies which supports the same theory and have said that spanking makes the kid more aggressive instead of making them realize their mistakes. Also, these kids have shown signs of developing suicidal tendencies, substance abuse, and extreme anger. While these are some of the major changes wrt the behavior, few kids have even gone to depression because of spanking.
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