Dear Ms. Marwood – Social Behavior

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Dear Ms. Marwood

You seem to tackle real world spanking questions. So I’m going to ask: in your opinion what role does spanking or corporal punishment play, if any, in the development of deviant social behaviors later in life? Is there a link between physically disciplined children and larger social problems, or criminal activity/predisposition?


Dear Sophie,

I am not a licensed psychologist or a sociologist. I couldn’t possibly know the answer to your question.  There is evidence to indicate that child abuse can have damaging psychological effects that could result in negative developmental scars on a psyche, young or old, but there are many incidents where a child triumphs over this  kind of adversity and lives a productive life. So you’d be better served to do some research on this subject and find some experts who can provide actual facts and answers.

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