Expert to Moms: Spanking Does Not Make Children Obedient
Approximately 70-90% of parents use spanking as a disciplinary tactic, says Dr. Holden, Professor of Psychology at Southern Methodist University. This is especially concerning, says Holden, because he’s convinced that any form of hitting a child, whether it be slapping or spanking, is wrong.
“Does this actually make kids more obedient?” asks Anderson.
“It doesn’t,” says Holden, who has studied the effects of spanking for years. “It’s undermining. One-hundred-fifty years ago in this country, husbands were hitting wives when the wives were disobedient,” says Holden. “We now think that's shocking, and we'd never allow that anymore. I'd like to suggest that us hitting kids is the same thing. We're assaulting children. They have a right not to be hit.”