“Spanking and Crime Rates”
In an effort to understand increasing & (most recently) decreasing crime rates, researchers look at a wide range of variables that may have effected the shift - like economics, population, new policies, police presence. More recently we are hearing about controversial public health theories or environmental theories that are gaining support. But tonight, we just want to talk about spankins.
Dr. Christian Pfeiffer, over in Germany has found a “correlation between declining rates of children being spanked (or otherwise punished physically) and subsequent decreases in violent crime” and further, that "religiosity leads to more frequent spanking".
People who as children experienced the “powerlessness” of frequent spankings report a disproportionately greater interest later in life to own guns, Mr Pfeiffer says. They also demand more draconian prison sentences, including the death penalty, for convicted criminals. And they seem more prone to violence themselves.
There must be a place between beating children and giving them all gold stars, right? Germany & Scandinavia apparently know about it and the data seems to back it up.