Nearly a third of babies in the United States are spanked at least once a month, a new study conducted by researchers at University of Michigan reveals.
The researchers analyzed data of more than 2,788 families who were part of a longitudinal study of new births in urban areas and found that around 30 percent of one-year old toddlers were spanked at least once in the last 30 days by the child's father, mother or their current partner.
AdvertisementThe study also revealed that child protection services had to intervene in 10 percent of the cases, with the families receiving a visit from CPS at least once.
Stating that eliminating spanking among such young children, in many cases who do not even start walking, is crucial, lead researcher Shawna Lee said, "Intervention to reduce or eliminate spanking has the potential to contribute to the well-being of families and children who are at-risk of becoming involved with the (social services) system."
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