Child psychologist suggests 5 alternatives to spanking

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A new study in the Journal of Family Psychology finds that children who were spanked are more aggressive and less successful. This comes after looking at 50 years of research on the subject, and more than 160,000 children.

Despite overwhelming evidence against spanking, it is still "technically legal" in all 50 states, and as many as 80 percent of parents report employing the practice in their household.

Licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Michelle Epstein joined WGN Morning News Tuesday to talk about the study and some alternatives to spanking:

  • Empathy & Emotional Validation
  • Model Appropriate Behaviors
  • Reward & Reinforce Positive Behaviors
  • Problem Solving & Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Reasonable Expectations & Repetition