THUNK – 91. Spanking & Anecdotal Evidence

A recent study shows spanking probably isn’t a good idea, but almost everyone has a story that says otherwise. Learn where anecdotal evidence is useful, and (perhaps more importantly), where it isn’t.

-Links for the Curious-

Spanking and Child Outcomes: Old Controversies and New Meta-Analyses – psycnet.apa.org/?&fa=main.doiLanding&doi=10.1037/fam0000191

An article summarizing the study’s major points & interview with Gershoff, where the first comment cites anecdotal evidence to rebut the findings – www.minnpost.com/second-opinion/2016/05/spanking-worsens-childrens-behavior-and-linked-long-term-harms-analysis-50-ye

An example of the type of bias mentioned in the video – www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11469313

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