To Spank or Not to Spank

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A new study conducted in six countries in the Journal of Child Development says frequent smacking or spanking may sting in more ways than just the physical. Like other studies, it concludes that in the long run, spanking may cause children to become aggressive or anxious, but it's not just about the frequency of spanking.

Many experts argue that spanking children may contribute to behavioral problems.

Child psychologists say the key is for parents to control their own anger and to find other ways to chastise a child, clearly conveying why they're being punished so that a lesson is learned.