Can spanking cause mental illness?
Recently, a new study has come out in the journal Pediatrics reporting that being spanked as a child significantly increased the chances of mental illness as an adult. The study was conducted on over 34,000 adults.
Corporal punishment has been linked to mood disorders such as depression and anxiety and drug/alcohol abuse and personality disorders.
Study author Tracie Afifi, PhD, of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, said:
“We’re not talking about just a tap on the bum, we were looking at people who used physical punishment as a regular means to discipline their children. [This study] definitely points to the direction that physical punishment should not be used on children of any age.”
With this information, should parents that spank think about choosing a different form of punishment or, spare the rod, spoil the child?