Does spanking your child work? Or does it not work? Is it an effective tool for disciplining your child and teaching them to be obedient? According to a University of Manitoba Professor, Joan Durrant, the answer to the question is: spanking does not work.
Answering questions from Stockholm Sweden, she said that spanking, and other types of physical punishment, displays an aggressive conflict resolution model; which is a very ineffective model for resolving conflict because of its negative outcomes. It erodes trust in the child. It creates hostility and resentment towards the parent. Also, physical punishment may create the environment for lying, as a child may begin lie in order to avoid being punished.
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