Your Health: Research suggests spanking children triggers cycle of bad behavior

If you spank your children to control their behavior, you may be surprised by new research at Columbia University School of Social Work.{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} {}

Researchers investigated the issue of physical discipline in childhood.

The new study suggests parents who spank unruly children will trigger a vicious cycle that will lead to both more spankings and more misbehavior in coming years. Nearly 2,000 families took part in 10-year assessments shortly after giving birth and when their children were approximately 1, 3, 5 and 9 years old.

Experts say Spanking will stop children from doing what they were doing, but it's not giving children the ability to regulate themselves over time.

One developmental & behavioral pediatrician explains if parents can stick to non-physical forms of punishment when a toddler acts out, they are more likely to have a well-behaved child at ages 3, 5 and 9.

The findings are published in the online issue of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.