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      Your Health October 22, 2013 Spanking has lingering impact

      {}A new study suggests spanking can affect a child's behavior and learning ability for years.{}{}{} The study in the journal, Pediatrics says, nine-year-olds who were spanked at least twice a week by their mother at age three or five are much more likely to break rules and act aggressively than children who were not spanked.{}{}{}{} The researchers at Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City found there were impacts not only on behavior but also on markers of cognitive development, like the child's verbal capacity.{}{} They added those children were more likely to score lower on vocabulary and language-comprehension tests if their fathers spanked them twice weekly or more at age 5.{}{} Researchers say the impact of physical discipline reverberates even as children near adolescence.