Spanked kids are more aggressive

October 28, 2008 5:24:59 PM PDT
A new study has found that even an occasional spanking could have long-term negative effects.

The research found that mothers who spanked their children were more likely to report aggressive behavior in their kids, such as hitting and getting into fights.

Experts recommend that parents distract children away from unwanted behaviors and use time outs or denial of privileges to discipline older children.

The study was presented at this year's American Public Health Association meeting in San Diego.