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Researchers Say Black Parents Spank Their Kids The Most and It Is Damaging

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If you are a parent it is more likely than not that you have spanked your child at one point or another in their lifetime. Spanking used to be a very widely accepted form of punishment. Now there are studies upon studies that state that spankings or any other kind of physical punishment is harmful to your child mentally. A new study from the University of Texas at Austin conducted by corporal punishment researcher Elizabeth Gershoff shows that out of all groups of people, African Americans are more likely to use spanking as a form of punishment than any other group.

When 20,000 kindergarten students and their parents were evaluated for the study it was found that 89% of black parents spanked their children as a form of punishment. This was more than any other race. Hispanic parents came in second at 80%, white parents at 79%, and Asian parents last with 73%. Even though they were able to find these results, the answer as to why black families chose physical punishment was a little more complex.

There are theories from some people that black parents grew up being beaten as a form of punishment so they believe that is the way they are supposed to raise their children.

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