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07/04/2012 10:48 AM ID: 92238 Permalink   

Physical Punishment Linked to Mental Illness


Physical punishment for children such as spanking is linked to an increased incidence of problems, including mood and anxiety disorders or drug and alcohol abuse, research at the University of Manitoba, Canada, suggests.

"Individuals who are physically punished have an increased likelihood of having mental health disorders. Approximately 2 percent to 7 percent of mental disorders in the study were linked to physical punishment," lead author Tracie Afifi says.

For the study they examined data of 35,000 U.S. adults. The interviews took place in 2004 and 2005. About 1,300 reported experienced harsh physical punishment growing up.

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  i can contest to this  
we recently got a new dog, i physically scolded him 3 times, not even very forcefully... now he cowers in fear whenever i´m around. i can´t see how such a few instances could have brought about the way he acts now? he doesn´t eat clothes anymore though...
  by: chadatcondonethis   07/04/2012 05:58 PM     
  would be obivous to anyone...  
would be obvious to anyone whose ever heard ot the "cycle of abuse", IE you hit your kids... they´ll think its normal to hit other people; including their kids in the future.

the cycle of abuse IS a form of mental illness; a social mental illness, to define it more specifically.
  by: FreedomOrRevolution   07/05/2012 01:22 AM     
  Hah, liberals.  
I was smacked as a kid and I turned out fine. Kids that aren´t smacked once in a while have no concept of consequence. "Yeah, I´ll go sit in that corner for 10 minutes, oh boy...whatever." Go to your room! "Alright, sounds good. That´s where my computer, television, and playstation 3." I can also connect "lack of consequence" to school shootings as much as this article links physical punishment to mental illness.
  by: DarkWave     07/05/2012 08:27 PM     
  The "correct way" for an adult to "spank" a minor:  

In light of the Judge Adams video,

We often hear from those who fight to uphold this practice for those under the age of 18 (even to the blaming of the social maladies of the day on a supposed "lack" of it), but we rarely, if ever, find advocates for the return of corporal punishment to the general adult community, inmate population, military, or college campuses. Why is that?

Ask ten unyielding proponents of child/adolescent/teenage-only "spanking" about the "right" way to do it, and what would be abusive, indecent, or obscene, and you will get ten different answers.

These proponents should consider making their own video-recording of the "right way" to do it.
  by: 18andsafenow   07/05/2012 10:24 PM     
  Children should have a right to their bodies  

Children and teenagers should have a right to their bodies, and the right to say "No!"

Currently in the U.S.:

When an adult does it to another adult, its sexual battery:

When children do it to adults, its a "deviant sexual prank":

When an adult does it to a person under the age of 18, its "good discipline".

Research/recommended reading:

Spanking Can Make Children More Aggressive Later

Spanking Kids Increases Risk of Sexual Problems

Use of Spanking for 3-Year-Old Children and Associated Intimate Partner Aggression or Violence

Spanking Children Can Lower IQ

Plain Talk About Spanking
by Jordan Riak

The Sexual Dangers of Spanking Children
by Tom Johnson

"Spanking" can be intentional or unintentional sexual abuse

  by: 18andsafenow   07/05/2012 10:26 PM     
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