According to a recent study done by University of New Hampshire professor Murray Straus, children who are spanked have lower IQs. The research results were presented in September at the 14th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma in San Diego, California. The study found that children in the US who were spanked had lower IQs four years later than those who were not spanked. “Even small amounts of spanking made a difference,” said Straus. The reason for this? Straus suggests that corporal punishment causes chronic stress for children and increases post-traumatic stress symptoms which are associated with lower IQ. “It is time for pscyhologists to recognize the need to help parents end the use of corporal punishment,” said Straus.
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