Think spanking will help kids behave better? A new study suggests the opposite may be true.

Researchers found kids who were spanked as five year olds were slightly more likely to be aggressive later in elementary school, according to the journal Pediatrics.

Spankings twice a week was tied to a two point increase on a 70 point scale of problem behavior.

Kids also tended to score lower on vocabulary tests.

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Pediatrics: Spanking and Child Development Across the First Decade of Life

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