Recent Columbia University Study Shows Improving Vocabulary is Connected To A Person's Overall Well-Being, eReflect Says

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Researchers say that people who were spanked as children tend to have a poorer vocabulary than those who weren’t. eReflect discusses the ramifications of the latest Columbia University study.

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There are more effective and less harmful forms of discipline for misbehaving children, such as guiding a child on how to control themselves, showing love, and teaching through words and examples.

A person’s well-being might reflect their childhood, and incidents from early years may have long-term consequences, said an eReflect representative today in their latest publication. Drawing from a recent study by researchers at the Columbia University, eReflect discussed whether people who’ve been spanked as children have more chances of doing worse in vocabulary tests that their counterparts who weren’t spanked in early childhood. The study eReflect draws upon was published in the scientific journal Pediatrics as part a new series of studies that focus on how physical punishment might be connected with a child's later cognitive development.

The study indicates an unmistakable link between spanking and vocabulary proficiency. Moreover, this study adds to a growing literature that examines the negative effects of physical punishment on children’s behavior. As various studies have shown in the past, spanking may have short-term benefits, but the overall outcome is aggressive behavior and deviation from the rules as part of a rebel-like mindset these children usually adopt post-spanking.

eReflect believes this is an important study that sheds light on how a seemingly harmless act might affect children’s cognitive and social development later on. Pediatricians, hospitals, schools and other institutions need to take parent awareness more seriously and properly inform them of the negative effects spanking brings about. It’s high time the assumption that spanking doesn’t really affect a person’s growth to be debunked in order to make sure that children reach their full educational and emotional potential, commented the representative.

The root of the problem seems to be the fact that parents who’ve been spanked as children don’t generally believe this negatively affected their own upbringing, and so they perpetuate a scientifically proven detrimental method of disciplining. eReflect doesn’t believe parents who discipline their children by spanking them are bad parents. Parents just need to be informed of the ramifications of disciplining children by spanking them. There are more effective and less harmful forms of discipline for misbehaving children, such as guiding a child on how to control themselves, showing love, and teaching through words and examples. Because children learn best by example, concluded the eReflect representative, it would be better to give them examples of gentler means of control, and encourage them to use words to express why they are acting up.

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