A new study measured how often people think they spank their children compared to how often they actually spank.
On average, people who spank believe they spank approximately 18 times per year. The study revealed that in some of the cases it was closer to 18 times per week.
Parents also were unaware of how quickly they resorted to spanking and how intense the spankings were.
The results suggest that parents who spank may believe that they only do it rarely, mildly, and as a last resort, but they are largely unaware of their own behavior.