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Francesca Falzarano and Christina Rucinski
Applied Developmental Psychology, Fordham University
After years of classes in developmental theory and advanced statistical methods, experience with rigorous research designs, and teaching undergraduates within a university setting, graduate students are sometimes are left wondering what skills they have that will translate to more practical contexts.
A large number of scientific studies conducted over several decades and using thousands of children have demonstrated that corporal punishment, including mild forms such as spanking as well as harsher forms such as paddling with an object, is a risk factor for a wide range of child adjustment problems including aggression, anxiety, depression, and difficulties in social relationships.