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Study: Spanking linked to aggressive behavior, language woes by age 9

Updated: Tuesday, October 22 2013, 02:50 PM CDT
From CBS News.

Spanking may leave a lasting impact on children, well past their initial punishment.

Children who were spanked often early in life by their mothers were more likely to be aggressive later in childhood compared to kids who weren't spanked at all, a study published in Pediatrics on Oct. 21 concluded. Being spanked by dads was also linked to vocabulary and language problems in kids.

"These effects are long-lasting. They aren't just short-term problems that wash out over time. And the effects were stronger for those who were spanked more than twice a week," co-author Michael MacKenzie, an associate professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work in New York, told HealthDay.

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