Spanking May Increase Risk of Mental Disorders
Spanking orِ hitting children asِ a means ofِ punishment mayِ increase theirِ risk ofِ mental disorders laterِ inِ life, a newِ study finds.
Among adults, 2 toِ 7 percent ofِ cases ofِ mental disorders — including major depression, anxiety disorder andِ paranoia — areِ attributable toِ physical punishment thatِ occurred duringِ childhood, theِ researchers said.
The study didِ not include people whoِ experienced maltreatment asِ children, suchِ asِ such asِ physical orِ sexual abuse, orِ emotional neglect.
Spanking kids is common
Use ofِ physical punishment withِ children isِ controversial, andِ the practice isِ opposed byِ the American Academy ofِ Pediatrics.
However, close toِ 50 percent ofِ U.S.
adults ages 20 andِ older, whoِ wereِ surveyed betweenِ 2004 andِ 2005.
Parents andِ physicians whoِ work withِ children shouldِ beِ aware ofِ this link, theِ researchers said.
The researchers noted theِ study foundِ anِ association, andِ not a cause-effect link.
In addition, theِ study wasِ limited inِ that participants wereِ asked toِ remember theirِ childhood experiences, whichِ mayِ not beِ entirely accurate, althoughِ research suggests people canِ remember negative events inِ childhood well.
The study is published today (July 2) in the journal Pediatrics.
Pass itِ on: Reducing physical punishment mayِ decrease theِ percentage ofِ people whoِ suffer fromِ mental disorders.
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