In our second installment of our positive parenting series, we take a look at the long-term effects spanking has.
Most parents are indoctrinated with that famous proverb “spare the rod and spoil the child.” Many were brought up believing that discipline comes in the form of a hard hiding. In hindsight, we know now that spanking has detrimental effects on a child.
Kaashifa King is parent education facilitator and counsellor with The Parent Centre. She mentions a landmark study (based on research conducted over 50 years) by Elizabeth Gershoff, which was published in 2002.
The study highlighted the many harmful consequences of corporal punishment, including the emotional, behavioural and physical outcomes.
“It clearly identified that corporal punishment has only one positive outcome, and that is short term benefit of immediate compliance,” she added.