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Spanked children ‘have lower IQs’

25th September 2009

Children who are spanked have lower IQs, new research has found.

Professor Murray Strauss of the University of New Hampshire and Mallie Paschall, a senior research scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, studied 806 children aged between two and four and 704 children from five to nine years old.

Both groups were nationally representative and were retested four years later.

The IQs of children in the younger group who were not spanked were five points higher four years later than the IQs of those who were spanked.

Meanwhile, the IQs of children in the older group who were not spanked were 2.8 points higher four years later than the IQs of children the same age who were spanked.

On an international scale, the study also found lower IQs in nations in which spanking was prevalent.

Prof Strauss said: “All parents want smart children. This research shows that avoiding spanking and correcting misbehaviour in other ways can help that happen.”

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