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Spanking infants is associated with behaviour problems

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 22 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:0-f

Question Are behaviour problems on entry into school associated with spanking before the age of 2?

Synopsis Studies of the effects of spanking have been performed by evaluating the spanking of children aged 2-6 years. They have found a neutral effect on the children's emotional wellbeing, which is a good thing since almost all children (94%) in this age group were spanked at least once. This prospective cohort study included 1966 children younger than 2 years from the 4845 total …

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