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Children who are spanked have lower IQs

Spanking can get kids to behave in a hurry, but new research suggests it can do more harm than good to their brains. The study, involving hundreds of U.S. children, showed the more a child was spanked, the lower his or her IQ compared with others.

The research was conducted by Murray Straus of the University of New Hampshire and his colleague Mallie Paschall of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Maryland, and was presented last Friday at the 14th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, in San Diego, Calif.

They studied nationally representative samples of two age groups: 806 children ages 2 to 4, and 704 ages 5 to 9. The researchers tested the kids’ IQs initially and then four years later. Both groups of kids got smarter after four years. But the 2- to 4-year-olds who were spanked scored 5 points lower on the IQ test than those not spanked. For children ages 5 to 9, the spanked ones scored on average 2.8 points lower than their unspanked counterparts

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