My older child was pretty wild when she was little. She just could not settle down. My younger one, in contrast, is pretty easy. They've been raised the same and they're very different, so I feel like wildness is more about personality then how a kid is raised.
And I know I was wild growing up and I was not raised with GD, and I know other kids from schools and the current and former neighborhood who are wild but were not raised with GD.
To be fair, I do also know kids raised with GD who are wild.
I think there's a confirmation bias issue when people look at GD kids and assume it's the discipline style that caused it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias#cite_note-plous233-2
And I notice that when people see kids raised with GD who are wild, they assume it's because the parents use GD, but when kids who are spanked are wild, no one assumes it's the spankings causing it. People I know (I'm thinking specifically of people in my family) seem to assume the kid's parents haven't been strict ENOUGH. It's like the solution is to always go stricter. No one ever seems to think it's a good idea to back off and try something more gentle. Why is that?
I guess I have a lot of thoughts. What do you think about this? Does GD cause kids to be wilder? Am I right that there's confirmation bias in play?