Spanking and Child Development

In October 2013 issue of Pediatrics, MacKenzie, et al. claim in the article “Spanking and Child Development Across the First Decade of Life” that spanking has negative effects on child behavioral and cognitive development from birth through 9 years of age. This, however, is yet another inadequately supported attempt to disenfranchise parents from appropriate use of disciplinary spanking.  Using weak analysis, the authors draw unjustified associations.  Members of the College have published a rebuttal in this Letter to the Editor of Pediatrics.

For more information on this topic, view the College section on Corporal Punishment.