by Max Brantley
Maybe this is an answer to the question of why people who were whipped as children often think it's a good practice for their own kids.
Being spanked as a child is linked to having a lower IQ, according to a study presented today at the International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma in San Diego.
The relationship between spanking and intelligence is found in children around the world, said the lead author of the study, University of New Hampshire professor Murray Straus. Children in the United States who were spanked had lower IQs -- by 2.8 to 5 points -- than those who were not spanked, Straus found.
Arkansas, as you know, is a national leader in the use of corporal punishment.