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Thursday, July 19, 2012


I do not understand these conclusions. If I read this correctly, the researchers conclude children who were spanked "sometimes" were at higher risk for substance abuse than children who were never spanked. Hoever your article says the people who were answering the survey weren't asked about "punishment" but only acts of physical aggression towards them. So why then does the opening sentence make a conclusion about "punishment". I don't see where this is warranted. I think this is an interesting research question and I look forward to more accurate research about it.

Thank you for your interest in this post. The authors framed the article as investigating physical punishment. However, I agree with you that the actual question asked was not about punishment, but rather about any "hitting". Some people may interpret "hit" as simple spanking, whereas other people may interpet it as severe physical aggression not necessary related to punishment. In any case, the wording is not clear. Therefore, we added the first limitation and encourage to interpret the results with caution.

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