Timeouts not associated with long term harmful effects in children

. October 31, 2019.

When children act out, parents may wonder which disciplinary strategy is best. Timeout is a common strategy and, now, a University of Michigan study suggests that despite sometimes getting a bad rap, it isn’t linked to harmful effects in children. Researchers compared emotional and behavioral health among kids whose parents reported using timeouts, and those who didn’t, over a roughly eight-year period. The result: no difference. Children’s positivity and negativity towards parents, mental health and social skills were among measures evaluated at 36 months-old, before starting kindergarten and in fifth grade. Further studies’ will continue evaluating claims made against timeouts and the practice’s short-term and long-term effects.