Elizabeth Gershoff

Elizabeth Gershoff

Associate Professor in Human Development & Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, USA

Research interests

I focus my research on how parental and school discipline affect child and youth development and how parent education and early education programs can improve the lives of at risk children. I have published internationally on the effects of corporal punishment on children.

How might this research change lives?

With this study, we are adding to the large and growing body of research showing that spanking does not promote positive behavior but rather leads to the opposite. I hope that parents around the world will take such findings to heart and stop hitting their children in the name of discipline.