Spanking has been the subject of considerable research and discussion in popular culture. Reviews and state-of-the-art analyses support an association between corporal punishment (including spanking) and negative outcomes for children.1 Professional organizations (eg, American Academy of Pediatrics) have recently issued statements conveying unequivocal opposition to corporal punishment and support for alternative means of discipline.2
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Mehus CJ, Patrick ME. Prevalence of Spanking in US National Samples of 35-Year-Old Parents From 1993 to 2017. JAMA Pediatr. Published online July 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.2197
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