Spanking Linked to Kids' Later Aggression
Corporal Punishment for 3-Year-Olds May Be Linked to Aggressive Behavior When Kids Get Older
Learning Aggressive Attitudes
The new findings make sense to child psychologist Vincent J. Barone, PhD, an
associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
School of Medicine and the director of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences
South Clinic at Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics, also in Kansas City.
"The findings in this research are consistent with what we know about
violent experiences for children. Whether a violent video game or corporal
punishment, children learn aggressive attitudes and act them out when they are
exposed to violence," he says. "Children don't learn peaceful ways of solving
conflict when they are exposed to violence."
Barone usually suggests that parents briefly describe the inappropriate
behavior and then use a time-out.
Also, he suggests, "use your attention and passion to describe and praise
positive behaviors such as cooperation, thoughtfulness, and respect for