Mamas on Bedrest: To Spank or not to Spank-Parenting Research Update

March 26th, 2014

Greetings Mamas!

In today’s video blog I review some current research on parenting. The first “How You Parent Is Partly Genetic, Study Suggests” was a data analysis done by S. Alexandra Burt and colleagues at Michigan State University. They analyzed 56 different studies which included some 20,000 families worldwide. Their findings suggest that while parenting is primarily an interplay between parents and their children, there is a 23-40% genetic influence on how parents parent as well as influences from how parents themselves were parented.

The second study was “Spanking Triggers Vicious Cycle, Study Finds”. In this study, Dr. Michael MacKenzie, an associate Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and his colleague Dr. Andrew Adesman, Chief, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York cite findings from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a decade long research study looking at 1900 Familes from 1998 to 2000 . MacKenzie and Andesman found that spanking appears to precede the unruly behavior, stating that there was strong evidence that when a child is spanked within the first year of life, this starts the negative behavioral cycle and the more children are spanked, the more their behavior becomes unruly and rebellious as they get older.

What is your take on these studies? Were you spanked as a child? Do You spank your children? Is how you parent markedly different from how you were parented? Please share your comments in the comments section below!

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