Spanking Linked to Mental Illness, Says Study, Believable or Boloney?
Researchers examined data from more than 34,000 adults and found that
being spanked significantly increased the risk of developing mental
health issues as adults. According to their results, corporal punishment
is associated with mood disorders, including depression
and anxiety, as well as personality disorders and alcohol and drug
abuse. They estimate that as much as 7 percent of adult mental illness
may be attributable to childhood physical punishment, including
slapping, shoving, grabbing, and hitting. The study reports that
spanking ups the risk of major depression by 41 percent, alcohol and
drug abuse by 59 percent, and mania by 93 percent, among other findings.
Afifi, PhD, of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, explained in a
statement. "We were looking at people who used physical punishment as a
regular means to discipline their children." However, the analysis
excluded individuals who reported more severe maltreatment such as
physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical neglect,
emotional neglect, or exposure to intimate partner violence.
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