Here's Why Parents Shouldn't Spank Their Children, According To Expert

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Hitting your child will make him or her into an angry, resentful adult with psychological problems, expert say.

In a column in Psychology Today, Dr. Denise Cummins wrote about the negative effects of spanking and corporal punishment in general.

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When parents make their children behave better by hitting them, they teach them that hitting people who are smaller and weaker than themselves is okay as a method of obtaining their desires, she explained.

"Why should it surprise that parent when their children beat up smaller children at school or grow up to be wife beaters?" Dr. Cummins asked.

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She continued by citing a large meta-analyze of evidence on punishments in children showing that the more defiant they are toward their parents and authorities, the worse their relationships with their parents and the more likely they are to hit a dating partner or spouse.

Children whose parents hit them are more likely to suffer mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, as well as a struggle with substance abuse. In addition, they are less likely to empathize with other people or internalize moral behavior.

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Dr. Cummins believed parents should never spank their children because they possess higher self-control skills than their children do.

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